Scott McVey Is One To Watch

Cleveland St.Ignatius junior linebacker Scott McVey has been drawing rave reviews all season because of his stellar play, and college recruiters are beginning to take notice. McVey, a starter since his sophomore season, is now hearing from most of the top programs in the Mid-West. Bill Greene has the latest on this outstanding prospect.

Cleveland St. Ignatius junior linebacker Scott McVey has been one of the main cogs on a great Wildcat defense this season, and college recruiters are showing interest.

McVey, who also runs track at St. Ignatius, has already visited two college programs unofficially and is hearing from several other schools.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I have been invited to games by a lot of schools," McVey told "I've been invited to games by Ohio State, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan and a few other schools. I did get to two games this year. I went to Ohio State to see them play Youngstown State, and I went to Michigan when they played Wisconsin."

McVey spoke about his trips to both Ohio State and Michigan.

"I loved Ohio State, and I like Coach (Jim) Tressel a lot," he said. "I got a chance to talk to both Jim Tressel and (linebackers coach) Luke Fickell after the game. They told me they would be keeping track of my season, and they wished me good luck this year. (Cornerbacks) coach Taver Johnson was in the school last week to pick up film, and he talked to my coach about how I've done this year. I'm definitely interested in Ohio State.

"I liked it up at Michigan as well," he said. "Coach [Rich] Rodriguez is a really good guy. I'd have to say I liked the atmosphere, and the entire experience at Ohio State a little better, but Michigan has a good program and they're going to get better in the coming years."

To nobody's surprise, being from St. Ignatius, McVey is also interested in Notre Dame. St. Ignatius has a long history of having their players do well playing for the Fighting Irish, and McVey is well aware of that.

"I've talked to the coaching staff, and I like the Notre Dame program a lot," McVey said. "They are one of my favorite schools because so many of the Ignatius guys have gone there and been successful. It's just a great program."

McVey's Wildcats are currently involved in the Ohio high school playoffs, but McVey is already planning a winter/spring camp tour after his season concludes.

"My main focus is on winning a state title right now, but I have given some thought to attending some camps next year," he said. "I'll probably go to some of the individual school camps next year, and I'll be checking out the national camps. I've been invited to the junior camp at the All-American game in San Antonio, but I'm not sure if I'll be going."

McVey plays mostly outside linebacker in high school, but isn't quite sure where his eventual position might be.

"I'm not real sure where I would play in college," McVey stated. "Some schools have mentioned strong safety because of my speed. I've been timed at a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash. A lot will depend on my size. I'm currently 6-foot-1, and I weigh between 215 and 220-pounds right now. Some schools also talk about a strong-side or middle linebacker. I think I'm pretty athletic for my size, and I run track at St. Ignatius. I run the 110-hurdles, and I run on the some of the different dash relays. I was an alternate on the 4X100 team that made it to the state finals."

McVey, who is a 3.2 student, is planning on taking the ACT after the season ends. Although he acknowledges it is very early, he did list three schools as his top choices at this time.

"Right now, I'd have to say my favorite schools are Notre Dame, Boston College and Ohio State," McVey said. "It's still really early, and I need to get to know a lot more about all the schools that are interested in me. At this point I don't have any offers, so I'm interested in any school that's interested in me."

McVey played a huge part in the Wildcats playoff victory over Cleveland Glenville on Nov. 8. He had a key sack late in the game to help preserve the 8-7 win.

"The win over Glenville was so huge for our seniors, and this program," McVey stated. "They have had our number the past few years, and it was good for us to step up and win a big game against a great team like Glenville. They have a lot of great players, and being able to move on in the playoffs is what we've been shooting for all season. We need to keep it going this week."

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