Ohio DB Receives Offer From The Buckeyes

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Ohio State has made a scholarship offer to Youngstown (Ohio) Mooney defensive back Kyle McCarthy, according to his coach, P.J. Fecko.

McCarthy (6-1, 190, 4.4) is scheduled to make an official visit to Ohio State this coming weekend.

"There is stuff going on," Fecko told Bucknuts.com. "To my knowledge, he has not committed yet. Everything has transpired here just this evening. I do know he is going to visit there this weekend and I do know he was offered."

McCarthy helped Mooney post a 12-2 record and win the Division IV state championship.

He visited Toledo Dec. 8 and was due to see the U.S. Naval Academy Jan. 14. He had other MAC offers and was also hearing from the likes of Boston College and Northwestern.

"He's gone through a very interesting process," Fecko said. "Academically, he is very intelligent. He has a GPA around 3.75 and in advanced placement courses. He was looking at Ivy League schools. As time has gone on, things have just gotten bigger and bigger for him.

"He's had offers from a lot of MAC schools and was kind of on the bubble with Boston College and Northwestern."

As a senior, McCarthy had 1,100 yards rushing and 700 yards passing on offense. He had 38 tackles and four interceptions on defense, taking two of those back for touchdowns. He also had three punt returns for touchdowns.

"He played every way for us," Fecko joked. "He was the holder on extra points. He was a punt returner, kick returner, the safety on kickoffs, the long snapper on punts, the quarterback and a corner on defense."

When asked which OSU coaches had been in contact, Fecko said, "(Assistant Darrell) Hazell recruits our area, but I think the whole staff has been involved."

Regarding the state championship game, here is what it said about McCarthy and Mooney in the January edition of Ohio High magazine:

Youngstown Mooney quarterback Kyle McCarthy almost single-handedly foiled Versailles' bid for a repeat title. McCarthy ran for one touchdown, passed for another and returned an interception a record 93 yards for a third as Mooney claimed its fifth state playoff title and denied Versailles a chance at championship No. 7.

McCarthy had the kind of game young kids in the back yard dream of. He rushed 12 times for 98 yards and completed 1 of his 3 passes for 47 yards without an interception. On defense, he had three solo tackles -- twice saving touchdowns when he was the last defender between a Versailles player and the goal line – to go with the interception.

The championship marked a return to glory for a Mooney program which won four state championships in the first 15 years of the playoffs -- but none in the 17 since. The Cardinals (12-2) were winless as recently as 2001.

"It's more about tradition," McCarthy said. "We don't settle for second place at this school."

Mooney head coach P.J. Fecko added, "(McCarthy) is a special athlete. He just got out there and performed. The guys in front of him did a great job to let that happen. Kyle's an outstanding athlete, and he proved that tonight."


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