RECRUITING: D.C. LB will visit Norman this summer

Washington, D.C. linebacker Rico McCoy talks about his game and his interest in Oklahoma.


Talk about a scorpion on defense, Rico McCoy is another one of those backers that can make a defense step it up a notch. McCoy moved to St. John's after his junior year and played linebacker and running back. As a sophomore, he played at DeMatha High and played running back and linebacker.

"I moved to St. John's because the school was closer to me," said McCoy. "DeMatha is in Maryland and I live in D.C., so the school was easier to get to for me."

McCoy finished last season with 120 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles, while rushing for 380 yards on offense and six touchdowns.

"I am used at both insider and outside in high school, but I am projected outside in college," said McCoy. "I like the crowd's reaction when I get a big hit. I just like to hit people, and that is what I am looking forward too. You know when a running back goes into a game looking forward to making a big run, I look forward to coming up with the big hit."

McCoy can bench 320 pounds, squats 595 and he has a 32-inch vertical jump. He went to the Maryland camp his freshman year and then his sophomore he camped at Maryland and Michigan. This year he went to a high school player development camp sponsored by the NFL at Dunbar High School.

McCoy attended the Pittsburgh, Virginia and Syracuse spring games and he hopes to visit Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami, Boston College and USC unofficially this summer.

Thus far McCoy has been offered by Maryland, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Boston College, North Carolina, Miami, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

"I don't like any school more so than the other right now," said McCoy. "I am not really considering my childhood favorite because I am not really looking at Penn State. I want to make some of these unofficial visits, and I think that will help me settle on a top five.
"Oklahoma is a school that I am very excited about. I am looking forward to visiting them over the summer to meet the coaches and take a tour of the campus and facilities. They were No. 1 almost the whole season a year ago and those guys know who to win. I want to take my visit and if I like it then that might be the place for me. I am definitely going to have to check them out. There is on question about that."

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