"Greg told me UNC was going to be sending him a letter that they did offer him," Dragons coach Todd Dodge told Inside Carolina on Thursday. "The thing they are most interested in – like most people – is his ability to make all the throws.
"It's his upside."
Currently, McElroy holds offers from UNC, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Kansas and UTEP. While Dodge said Ole Miss is probably the leader right now and recently McElroy actually named Oklahoma his leader, but both coach and player have said McElroy is "open-minded right now."
"Stanford is close behind," McElroy said.
However things could change in the near future.
"I'm sure he's going to take a visit to Chapel Hill," Dodge said.
It may seem strange McElroy is getting so much attention having never started a game, but he has spent his entire prep career as the back-up to Missouri-bound Chase Daniel, who led Carroll to a 16-0 record and a state 5A title. And at least one publication declared the Dragons their 2004 national champs.
But along with the strength of the program for which he plays, McElroy has probably gotten more attention with his performance at the "Elite 11" competition at TCU where he was named the No. 1 quarterback.
"I just tried to pick up as much as I could under Chase," McElroy said. "This season was a big plus for me. I learned a lot more about how to be a quarterback."
"He's a big strong physical kid," Dodge added. "He's a beneficiary of his own hard work and his dedication to the game. When he really took off was in the spring of last year, when we held [Daniel] out of all contact.
"My job is to get him ready to be a starter. He's accurate. He's one of those guys if you ask to throw a 20-yard comeback route – he can do it. We don't ask him to do that much at this level, but if I did he could do it."
McElroy took just over 100 game snaps as a junior, throwing for about 200 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-30 passing. He ran the ball another 40 times for 175 yards. The opportunities to let loose and throw the ball were limited when he did go under center, as the Dragons typically were sitting on big leads and trying to run fourth quarter clock.
And McElroy admits you should not read too much into his rushing numbers. They might give the appearance that is he one of those deadly dual-threat quarterbacks, but he laughs at that idea.
"Absolutely not," he said. "I'm a pocket passer. When I have to run, I can, but I'm not going to blow anybody away with my speed. But I have worked hard at it. I run track and ran a 24.4 in the 200m last year."