The U.S. Army All-American bowl is the premier high school all-star game in the country. The best players from across the country are invited to compete against each other and see how they match up against the best. Gerald McCoy loves the competition but he also loves the experience of meeting players from around the country.
"I'm truly excited," McCoy said of the experience of playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "I've been talking to everyone, everyone has bonded. Personally, I talk to everybody. I don't care about West, East, North or South, I want to talk to everybody. At night we go to each others rooms and play video games. It's cool."
"The practices are going good," McCoy continued. "You're going against the best. This is the next level. This is the best high school players in the country going to the best colleges in the country. When the coaches are telling you that you're doing good when you're up against the best of the best and you know that you can handle it -- to hold your own against the best players, it makes you feel good.
"I expected the practices to be one-on-one but I'm still getting double-teamed. The coaches tell me I move so fast, but the offensive linemen are real good players, the running backs are so quick and shifty and our defense is incredible.
"I'm going with guys that are going as hard as I am every day," McCoy said of the competitiveness of the players at the practices. "They're running to the ball, hitting every down and that's what this is. We're going against another group of guys that's playing the same exact way. This is cool, I'm loving this."
Gerald has narrowed his schools down to Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma, LSU, Miami and Virginia Tech. Since there are a number of players participating in the All-American Bowl from those colleges McCoy is getting their best pitch to try to entice him to select their school.
"You have people on your team that know what's going on, "McCoy said of his teammates from the West squad that are recruiting him to their school. "Eddie Jones ((Texas), Sergio Kindle (Texas), Taylor Mays (USC), Allen Bradford (undecided), Al Woods (LSU), Chris Stewart (Notre Dame). It's really been a LSU, USC, Texas, Notre Dame battle."
While Chris Stewart is plugging the Irish, Notre Dame's best recruiter might be McCoy's friend and current Irish commitment George West.
"I wish he could have come down to the game with me," McCoy said of George West. "I think you probably know that he's going to Notre Dame early. He says he wants me to come down with him.
"George and I are real cool. He's a very good player. I think he's underrated mainly because of his height, but man he's good. He has a great work ethic and I know he works hard."