Ivan McCartney Looking at Ohio State

Miramar, Fla., wide receiver Ivan McCartney's recruitment is starting to heat up. McCartney had an impressive junior season and recently turned heads with a great performance at the Badger Sport Skills Passing Camp in Miami. Bill Greene spoke with McCartney to get the latest on his recruitment.

Ivan McCartney (Miramar, Fla.) is starting to garner a lot of interest from college recruiters. McCartney had an impressive junior year, catching 41 passes for 655 yards and ten touchdowns. He also was one of the top wide receivers at the recent Badger Sport Skills Passing Camp in Miami.

"Recruiting is going really good for me," McCartney said. "To be truthful, I leave all the recruiting stuff up to my coach so I can concentrate on keeping my grades up where they need to be."

It's no surprise that McCartney has already seen a few scholarship offers come his way. He's also hearing from many of the top programs in the country.

"I have written offers from Oregon, Ole Miss, Rutgers, West Virginia, FIU, and a few others," he stated. "I'm hearing from schools like Boston College, Ohio State, Florida, South Florida, Miami and Michigan. It's still pretty early and I'm happy with the teams that are interested in me."

After seeing McCartney in action at the passing camp in Miami, it is easy to see why there is so much interest in this player. McCartney combines good size, 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, with great speed and athleticism.

"I think the best part of my game is the way I play the game," McCartney explained. "I'm a leader out on the field and I'm a very coachable player. I need to work on getting bigger and stronger over the next few months to be a better player next year. I'm always trying to get better. That's why I go to the different camps and stuff. I'm running track right now, and I don't want to get rusty in football, so that's why I try to compete at all the camps."

McCartney's nickname is "Sticks", and it was given to him as a youngster because of his slight build. As he's gotten older and bigger, the name has taken on a new meaning.

"At first it was used because I was a pretty skinny kid," he explained. "Now it's used because it describes the way I play defense, because I'm always sticking people. When people see me play defense they realize that I'm not just a player who can play offense. I think all these colleges see me as a receiver on the next level."

There is no questioning the bloodlines of this impressive athlete, as both Chad Johnson and Isaac Bruce are cousins of McCartney.

"I'm very proud of my cousins and it's inspirational to me," he stated. "I really haven't been playing football for that long, so I go on YouTube and watch Chad's films and try to pattern my game after his. I try to mimic what he does on the field and that has helped me be successful so far. Hopefully, I can achieve some of the things both of them have."

Just this week McCartney learned that Ohio State was starting to show interest in him. His coach passed the word to him to call Buckeye defensive back's coach Paul Haynes.

"I talked to Coach Haynes a few nights ago and it was awesome," he exclaimed. "I really liked talking to him and it was cool because Ohio State was always a school I've liked. Ohio State just changed how I look at things from talking to him the other night. They are getting with my coach to get film and they said to stay in touch. I will definitely consider Ohio State as I look at all the different schools. I like the history of how they put wide receivers in the NFL, players like Cris Carter, Ted Ginn and Santonio Holmes. I did some research on their business management program, because that's what I'm interested in the most. Ohio State is in my top five schools right now, along with Oregon, Florida, South Florida and West Virginia."

McCartney carries a 2.7 GPA and has recently taken the ACT test. He is a prospect we will continue to follow over the next year.

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