McCoy Discusses Pitt Visit, Looks Toward OSU

Washington (D.C.) St. John's linebacker Rico McCoy discussed his visit to Pittsburgh this past weekend as well as his upcoming official visit to Ohio State this weekend. Click here for more.

Washington (D.C.) St. John's linebacker Rico McCoy opened his official visit schedule at Pittsburgh this past weekend. He will now see Ohio State over this coming weekend.

McCoy (6-2, 212, 4.52) is ranked as the nation's No. 81 prospect by and also as the country's 15th-best linebacker and as the No. 3 overall prospect between Maryland and Washington D.C.

He reflected on the trip to Pitt.

"It was a nice visit," McCoy said. "I had fun. I attended the Pitt-West Virginia game (Thanksgiving night) and that was exciting. I got to eat breakfast and lunch with the team and the coaches. It was fun to be there and see them getting ready for that game."

His hosts for the visit were Derron Thomas and Eric Thatcher.

"I also hung out with the linebackers," McCoy said. "I got to meet Clint Session and Malcolm Postell. They seemed like a pretty close team. The game and the facilities were off the hook. I got to see their rivalry game and they share the practice facility with the Pittsburgh Steelers."

McCoy even had an audience with Pitt athletic director Jeff Long, where he asked Long about head coach Walt Harris' job status.

"I told him the reason we were there was because of Walt Harris," McCoy said. "The AD said Coach Harris has always been his man. He said he has two years left on his contract at the very least."

The visit ended Friday morning with a breakfast meeting with Harris as well as defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads and linebackers coach Curtis Bray.

"We got to talk for about two hours, then we headed home," McCoy said.

McCoy spoke with OSU assistant Luke Fickell by phone on Sunday and Fickell was due in for an in-home visit Monday in advance of this weekend's visit.

"You hear about the tradition at Ohio State," McCoy said. "I have heard a bunch about them."

McCoy said he was aware of the fact OSU figures to start three seniors at linebacker in 2005.

"I know they have a bunch of upperclassmen," McCoy said. "I could go there and sit out a year or redshirt a year, then get to play."

In addition to Pitt and OSU, McCoy plans trips to Tennessee Dec. 10, perhaps Miami (Fla.) Dec. 17 and North Carolina Jan. 24.

"It is pretty much between those four or five schools," he said.

As a junior, McCoy had over 120 tackles, five sacks and three fumbles caused. This year, he had 118 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, three sacks and one interception. He was an All-D.C. Metro team pick for the second year in a row. He will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 15.

"As a linebacker, I am very aggressive," McCoy said. "I can move and I can run and I'm pretty agile. I also think I'm a leader. Guys follow me when they see me play."

McCoy benches 320 pounds, squats 585 pounds and boasts a 34-inch vertical jump. He holds a 2.8 GPA and scored a 920 on the SAT.

Click the link below for a look at McCoy's video on the network.

Rico McCoy Video

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