"I'm really looking forward to it," McCarthy said. "I'm just excited to visit with the Ohio State coaches, meet the players and see the campus. I've heard some good things about Columbus and Ohio State and I just want to see what it's all about."
As a junior, McCarthy (6-1, 215, 4.49) racked up 163 tackles (118 solo), 13 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, five interceptions, two caused fumbles and one defensive touchdown.
Offensively, he added 32 receptions for 595 yards and eight touchdowns.
"I'm being recruited as both an outside linebacker and strong safety," McCarthy said. "Ohio State wants me as a linebacker."
McCarthy received an offer from OSU in early August and the Buckeyes have been in close contact ever since.
"I'm being recruited by (cornerbacks coach Tim) Beckman," McCarthy said. "I met with him once when he came down here and we talk on the phone every week."
McCarthy – who is originally from Pennsylvania – was asked what he knows about Ohio State.
"I know they have a lot of tradition," he said. "They have great linebackers up there and just a great defense overall. And if I went to Ohio State, there might be a chance to play early."
McCarthy does not have a leader among those schools.
"Not at the moment," he said. "I'm pretty much wide open right now. I have some very good schools to pick from and it won't be easy."
McCarthy will likely wait a while before he makes a decision. But he is not ruling out making an early decision if everything feels right.
"Right now, I think I want to wait it out and take all my visits," he said. "But you never know; I could make a decision early. It's hard to say right now."
McCarthy has one other official visit scheduled at this time. He will make the trip to Penn State on Oct. 8 and will be in attendance for the Ohio State-Penn State night game.
He is not sure about his other three visits, but Miami will likely be one of them.
"I can take unofficial visits to Florida schools, but I will probably take an official to Miami," McCarthy said. "Florida and Florida State are the only two in-state schools that haven't offered. If they offer, I might take visits there, but I'm not sure."
If McCarthy decides to reward loyalty, it could be a good sign for the Buckeyes or Nittany Lions.
"Ohio State expressed interest pretty early, as did Penn State," McCarthy said. "They've been with me for a while."
McCarthy is ranked as the No. 21 overall prospect in Florida by Scout.com. He is a full academic qualifier.