Closer Look at McCargo

UNC appears poised to land four-star offensive lineman Jay-Jay McCargo, so Inside Carolina met with his high school coach to get a better picture of the player and person.

ARLINGTON, Va. --- Everything Jay-Jay McCargo has said in recent weeks portends that by the end of this coming weekend, North Carolina will add a four-star offensive lineman to its 2016 class. If his indications prove true, what exactly is UNC gaining in McCargo?

“He’s a hard worker, who plays with great intensity,” Bishop O’Connell head coach Colin Disch said. “He’s a very athletic offensive lineman. Definitely, his best skill set is his pass blocking. [He has] great hands [and] a great feel of leverage…

“But I think more than anything else what separates him is his character. He’s very happy. He has a great smile. He’s really a joy to be around. He’s very coachable. And he’ll have a little bit of a mean streak on the football field, but off the football field you’ll never notice that.”

McCargo, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman, is scheduled to make his fifth visit to UNC, his far and away leader, this weekend. Accompanied by his parents, he plans to travel to Chapel Hill on Friday night and remain in the area until Sunday morning. Each night, he’ll stay in a dorm room of a current UNC player.

If saying that his recruitment, which has included trips to schools up and down the East coast, was drawing to an end wasn’t enough, McCargo has candidly stated that he plans to commit during his UNC stay.

Although he was named O’Connell’s head coach a week ago, Disch is quite familiar with McCargo. Disch, whose background includes coaching offensive and defensive line, was O’Connell’s defensive coordinator in each of McCargo’s three years of high school.

Twenty-two schools have offered McCargo, including Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, California, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Miami, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. A year ago, he had zero offers.

“He’s developed huge from his freshman year to his junior year,” Disch said. “His body is starting to really fill out.”

Last fall, McCargo was O’Connell’s full-time left tackle, while also seeing 15-20 snaps on defense. Disch plans to keep McCargo protecting his quarterback’s blindside this coming season, but will increase his defensive contributions.

As for the collegiate level, McCargo’s position has been the topic of much debate among colleges, if not within college staffs.

“I see him as more of a tackle,” Disch said. “Now, some of the schools that have come in envision him more as a guard or as a center. I just think his feet are really good, his pass blocking is so good, and he has pretty good length that he’ll remain at tackle. He’s not 6-6, but I just think with his feet and athleticism that he could do really well on the edge.”

UNC, specifically offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic, has told McCargo that he is of the rare breed capable of playing all five offensive line positions.

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