RECRUITING: OKC DT has six early favorites

Oklahoma City, Okla. defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.


We have heard about Gerald McCoy for the past two years in the state of Oklahoma, and now it is his time to be recognized as one of the to defensive tackle prospects in the nation. McCoy started as a freshman defensive tackle at Southeast and he has never looked back.

"I weighed 310 pounds my freshman year. I have been able to get in much better shape and I lost some weight," said McCoy. "I started lifting weights and started to eat right and I am in much better condition today. I would think that when I play and I am rushing the passer that I have a mix of Tommie Harris and Warren Sapp in me. I play with good technique inside, and that is a major part of my game. That is how I got my 20 sacks this year."

McCoy finished last season with 85 tackles, 20 sacks, one interception returned for a 43-yard touchdown, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. McCoy can bench 350 pounds, squats 700 and he throws the shot and discus in track.

Thus far McCoy has been offered by OU and OSU, but you can expect that list to grow as he hits the camp circuit this summer. McCoy attended OU summer camp last year and he will attend it again this year, as well as the Nike camp at TCU.

"I am not really looking at just a few schools at this point," said McCoy. "I am trying to keep all my options open and looking for the best schools for me. I don't have a leader at this point. I like a lot of different schools. I am looking at OU, Miami, USC, Tennessee, Florida State, Kansas, Notre Dame and OSU. There are others as well."

So what interests you about Oklahoma?

"I really, really like OU's program," said McCoy. "OU has great coaches and they know what they are talking about. They are great teachers and everybody on their team gets better and learns how to play the game better.

"I worked with Coach (Jackie) Shipp at the OU football camp and he showed me some great technique. I practiced that technique on my own and I use that in the game. That technique helped me get those sacks."

McCoy is a good student and shouldn't have any problem qualifying.

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