McCoy: "I am preparing to be the best"

Harrison, Pa. running back LeSean McCoy wants to be the best, but he just might already be that among the high school juniors. McCoy, who compares himself to Barry Sanders, talks with OUInsider.com about his running style, eight early favorites and the possibility of playing behind Adrian Peterson. McCoy, a 6-foot, 208 pound back with 4.4 speed, has over 40 offers from Division 1 programs.

LeSEAN McCOY, RB, 6'0, 208, 4.4, HARRISON (BISHOP McDEVITT HS), PENNSYLVANIA:

LeSean McCoy is a franchise running back. He is one of those running backs that can immediately turn your program around and make you a winner. If you are already good but lack a running game, McCoy has the ability to make you a champion. Yes, he is that good, and he is just getting started.

McCoy broke onto the prep scene in Pennsylvania as a freshman when he started the last five games of the season and rushed for 700 yards. As a sophomore, he became the fulltime starter and exploded for 2,580 yards and 30 touchdowns in just 10 games. Then last season, McCoy got even better rushing for 2,800 yards and 30 touchdowns.

"I am working hard every year and every offseason. I am preparing to be the best," said McCoy. "I know that I am only in high school, but I am also preparing for the next step, which is college. I know I have to work incredibly hard to be the best in college."

McCoy can bench 365 pounds, squats 425 and he has a 33-inch vertical jump. Last summer, he earned the MVP award at the Miami summer football camp. McCoy also attended the Penn State Nike camp before his sophomore year. This summer McCoy will go back to Penn State and he hopes to attend the Bluechip combine in New Jersey.

"I think I am a bigger version of Barry Sanders," said McCoy. "I make a lot of people miss and I have good balance. My moves just happen, they hit me as the run develops and I have the type of moves that always get me into open field."

McCoy has already been offered by 40 schools, and that in itself is pretty amazing.

"I am getting a ton of written offers and I find that incredible, "said McCoy. "So far, I like recruiting. It is cool. Everybody tells me that it is going to get worse, but I am going to try to enjoy it. Right now I am wide open because I start thinking about some school and then I will get a letter from a coach or I will call a coach, and then I will change my mind. By the beginning of summer I am going to try to put together a top five.

"I am looking at Oklahoma, USC, Florida and I am waiting on Florida State to see what they are going to do. I also like Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State and Pittsburgh. I like a lot of schools the same right now. It is going to be hard to make a decision that is for sure."

So what about the Sooners?

"I talked to Coach (Cale) Gundy and he has told me that I can come in and not start, but play behind Adrian Peterson that first year," said McCoy. "I don't mind that because that means I could learn behind a great running back in Adrian for a year and then start for three years. Plus, OU is always winning and always competing for championships. OU will probably be one of the schools that I visit."


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