McCarthy Sees Three

Danny McCarthy led Youngstown Cardinal Mooney to a state title in 2006. The 2-way performer is one of the hottest prospects in the Mid-West and he spent this past weekend checking out three of the most storied programs in college football. Bill Greene has more on this outstanding athlete and his views on his visits.

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney's Dan McCarthy is drawing plenty of interest from some of the top football programs in America. McCarthy, who holds offers from the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, Iowa, LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame, spent this past weekend visiting three of the above mentioned schools.

"On Thursday my family and I started out at Ohio State," McCarthy began. "We met with coach Paul Haynes and talked with him about the Ohio State program. They're recruiting me as a defensive back so I sat in on the meeting with the safeties. We went to practice and toured the facilities. We talked with Jim Tressel also. We talked about everything really, from school to football. Ohio State is a great place and I'm heavily considering them. They're right at the top of my list with my other favorites. I wanted to go their spring game but it's the same day as Notre Dame's game and I want to see my brother Kyle play in that game."

The second leg of his journey took McCarthy to Notre Dame, a place he's been to quite often in the past. The McCarthy family has had several members attend Notre Dame including Danny's grandfather. His older brother Kyle will be a red-shirt sophomore next year and is competing for a starting safety spot.

"We went to Notre Dame on Friday," he said. "I've been there a number of times. I'm on spring break right now so my family and I wanted to see as many different schools as we could. Notre Dame is recruiting me strictly as a safety. It's always really cool to go there. We saw practice and spent time with the coaches. There were some other recruits there and we spent time talking about the school too. I didn't stay with my brother on this visit but I have in the past. We're very close. I got to talk with coach Weis briefly. He's a very straightforward man who gets right to the point when he talks. It's pretty obvious to see how well he knows the game."

The final stop of the tour was in Ann Arbor, Michigan to see Lloyd Carr and the Michigan Wolverines. McCarthy took in the spring game and came away impressed.

"We went to Michigan on Saturday and attended their spring game, " McCarthy explained. It was really the first opportunity I've had to see the campus and talk to the coaches. Scott Loeffler is the assistant coach that's recruiting me and we get along really well. I talked with coach Carr also. We met with him in his office and had a nice talk. We talked about how I would fit in at Michigan. He said they're recruiting me as a defensive back and as a receiver. They see me as a versatile player who could fit in at different spots. I'd have no problem playing a slot receiver at all. That would be great."

McCarthy, who declined to name a specific favorite, talked about when he'll be making his choice and what will go into the decision making process.

"My teammates Taylor Hill, Brandon Beachum and Mike Zordich are being recruited by some of the same schools I am and it would be cool to play together," McCarthy noted. "But we've all decided that each one of us will have to do what's best for them. I would like to decide before our season starts but that's not definite. I'll narrow it down to just a few schools this summer and go from there. It will be a hard decision because all of the schools have great coaches, are great programs and offer a lot academically. I just need to see where I fit in best and decide which offers the best opportunity for me to be a success."

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