Kyle McCarthy of Youngstown Mooney just wrapped up a huge senior season, doing a bit of everything for his team and leading them to a Division IV state championship. He has reaped one more reward from his season -- a scholarship offer from Ohio State.
The Buckeyes are the "biggest name" team to have offered, but McCarthy says a commitment has not been made.
"No, I have not committed, but they are one of my favorites," he said.
McCarthy has also taken a visit to Toledo and was considering Navy, but other big name programs are starting to surface in addition to Ohio State.
"Notre Dame has been in this morning," McCarthy said. "Ohio State's in later today. As a matter of fact, I expect Coach Bollman any minute now."
McCarthy had 1,100 yards rushing and 700 yards passing on offense this season. 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," Mooney head coach P.J. Fecko said last night. "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."
Not surprisingly, McCarthy says that the majority of schools are giving him the "athlete" label.
"Most schools are recruiting me as an athlete," he said. "Some are saying in a spread offense I could play quarterback. But the big schools -- Ohio State, Boston College, Notre Dame, Northwestern -- they're all recruiting me as a defensive back.
What about Ohio State?
"I've actually spoken to Coach Tressel twice recently," McCarthy said. "He's talking to me about playing cornerback."
We should have a much better idea of where Ohio State stands after this weekend as McCarthy is slated to travel to Columbus.
"I'm due in to visit Ohio State this weekend," he said. "I might visit Notre Dame and Northwestern, but that depends on how it goes this weekend."
McCarthy is an outstanding student, carrying a 3.75 GPA.