Weis Signs McCay's Full-Ride

Five-star receiver Justin McCay is beginning to lose count of how many scholarship offers he has.

"Somewhere in the high teens," the Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) High standout said, adding that he's been blessed.

One thing Justin McCay has been keeping track of, is the scholarship offers he doesn't have.

Or offer that is.

An offer that the 6-foot-4, 200-pound class-of-2010 prospect really wanted was signed on Wednesday afternoon.

One from Notre Dame.

Former Irish offensive lineman and NFL Pro Bowler Tim Grunhard is currently McCay's head football coach, and he put his star on the phone with Notre Dame's head coach Charlie Weis.

"He was just like, he was very impressed and he liked me and everything," McCay said. "He said I've watched your film, and if you ever need a place to go, at Notre Dame we have a spot for you. We have a scholarship for you.

"He signed it and put it in the mail while he was talking to me.

"I was overwhelmed, surprised. I don't know what to say. It's good to know Notre Dame is an option now."

Notre Dame joins schools like Florida, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon, Wisconsin and Missouri at the table of McCay scholarship offers. He said the Irish are recruiting him as a receiver.

"But I can be moved around," McCay stated. "It doesn't matter. Put me on the field."

Here is what Grunhard said about McCay's game to Irish Eyes back in December.

"One out of every five times he touched the ball, he scored a touchdown this year," Grunhard said. "Whether it's returning punts or returning kicks, or running or receiving, he scored, so that's the kind of the explosive guy he is.

"I hate to compare him to Plaxico Burress after all the problems he's had, but that's the guy he is most compared to. He is the kind of guy, when the ball gets in his hands, he makes things happen. His YAC, his yards after catch, is unbelievable. He's a big guy. He doesn't look as fast, but he's a legit 4.5 guy. You can see it in the film. Every time a college person comes in, I just have to put on the first four or five plays."

McCay and Grunhard shared joy in the latest scholarship offer.

"He said he's very proud of me, and to keep working hard. He was wondering why they didn't contact me yet, but I guess good things take time."

McCay isn't sure when he'll take a visit to Notre Dame, but is looking to do so in the future.

Notre Dame recently tried to hire Grunhard as a graduate assistant, but he turned it down. The Irish coaching staff would certainly like to have McCay represent Shawnee Mission in his place.

"That sounds good but I don't know yet," McCay said. "I'm going to see what all my other options are."

There will be plenty of those to decipher through.

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