One of Florida's rising prospects, LB/ATH Colin McCarthy (6-1, 215) recently added an Ohio State scholarship offer to his already impressive offer list.
"I received a verbal offer about two weeks ago," McCarthy said. "I got the written offer in the mail about week ago. Coach Tressel sent me something in the mail then my coach told me they were going to offer.
"I called to talk to the coaches about it, but no one was in. I will be calling here again in the next few days."
The Buckeyes will have some stiff competition for McCarthy's services.
"Penn State, Miami (Fla.), Georgia Tech, NC State, West Virginia, and Indiana have offered in addition to Ohio State," he said.
McCarthy camped at Rutgers, Florida and Florida State this summer. He says he was clocked at 4.49 in the 40 at Florida State.
McCarthy talked about when he might travel up to Ohio to check out OSU.
"I am thinking about coming in for the Iowa game but it could be Texas," he said.
When it comes to a decision timetable, McCarthy is leaving his options open.
"I hope to take all my visits, but if a school feels like home, I will
commit on the spot," he said. "I intend to set up my visits here in
the next couple of
weeks... I want to get up north and see some games."
It is often very difficult for northern schools to land Florida recruits, but McCarthy has roots up north and even says "I love the weather up there."
"I grew up in Pennsylvania," he said. "My family moved down here in my 8th grade year.
"Getting away from home will not be a factor. Getting away from home can be a good experience."
"Schools are offering me as an outside linebacker but some are looking at me as a safety," he said. "Ohio State wants me as an outside linebacker."
McCarthy hopes to major in business with a minor in sports management. As a junior last season, McCarthy had 163 total tackles (118 solo and 45 assists), 13 TFL, four sacks, five interceptions, two caused fumbles, and one defensive touchdown. While playing wide receiver, he hauled in 32 passes for 595 yards and eight scores.