McCarthy Is Keeping An Open Mind

Notre Dame hasn't taken interest in many safety prospects this year, but one recruit the Irish like is Dan McCarthy of Cardinal Mooney High School (Youngstown, Ohio). McCarthy has been getting attention from a number of top programs from around the country and the Irish are trying to fend them off.

Dan McCarthy (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) took a couple of unofficial visits to Notre Dame during the month of April. On one trip he was able to watch an Irish practice and on the second visit he was able to see his brother suit up for annual Blue-Gold game.

"I thought it was a very good trip," McCarthy responded when asked about his spring game visit. "I was up there previously for practice, and it was good to see how their day goes. I got a chance to go up there and meet some of the recruits during the spring game. It was also good to see what the game atmosphere was like. The attendance was great, so obviously the atmosphere was really good.

"I talk to coach Polian every week on the phone. I talk to other coaches through text message, so they've been in regular contact with me. Notre Dame took three safeties two years ago, so I'm not sure how high a safety was on their list, but they let me know that they really wanted me in their system. They told me that I'm one of their main targets and that they'd like to get me in their system. That could be a good deal for me, but I'm trying to see how things go."

Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, LSU, Michigan, Stanford are among McCarthy's scholarship offers. He's like to narrow his choices down eventually, but for now he's going to keep an open mind and listen to any coach that takes the time to visit his school.

"Notre Dame would be up there. I'm not really sure who the top schools would be, but I'd say that they are definitely up there," McCarthy explained. "There are still a bunch of schools that are still in the mix Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and Stanford. I've visited those schools and I've liked them a lot. I haven't had a chance to get to any other schools at this point. I'm still kind of open because a bunch of the schools have been coming through in May.

"I'm definitely open to what they have to say. Who knows if there's a better opportunity than where I initially thought. It's all about taking it step by step and going through the process. I'm still open to what they have to say and I'll take it from there."

Although Dan is keeping an open mind there will be a point that decisions will have to be made.

"Its good to see what everyone has to offer," Dan said. "I'm pretty much done with visits now. I have tracks meets every weekend. I hope to start narrowing things down after that and I might try to take visits to those schools one more time and then take it from there.

"I'd like to make a decision before my season, that way I won't have a distraction and I'll be able to focus on my senior season. I'd be able to keep the distraction away from my teammates as well. I think that would be ideal, but if I'm not sure about my decision, I don't have any problem going through the season and taking a couple official visits to my top schools.

"The thing for me is that my decision could come down a gut feeling" Dan explained. "I could make a decision next week or it could be in a couple months from now. If I get the feeling of where I want to go, I'll let the coaches know. Wherever I feel best is where I'll make the decision."


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