For McCay, It's An Honor To Be A Sooner

National Signing Day is here and the crew at Sooners Illustrated has you covered. Throughout the day, we will bring you a variety of material about the upcoming Sooner class. Here is an interview with Bishop Miege wide receiver Justin McCay, who had endured a lot this year.

It may not have been his father's final wish, but Oklahoma commit Justin McCay is treating as such.

He made an unofficial visit to Norman over the summer that had a major impact in his life. Sure, while he was there he liked what he saw, the Sooners were one of his top schools, and he enjoyed time with the coaches.

All of that is correct, but this was bigger than what shows up in your typical recruiting updates.

Just two days before a hospital visit, McCay's father made the trip to Norman with him and the two spent valuable time with each. In fact, this was a trip that left his father with an overall good feeling.

That seemed to play a major factor in McCay's decision in early August.

"Of course, tradition of Oklahoma was big for me, but I look at this decision as an honor to my dad," McCay said. "He went with me just two days before he went to the hospital. That next weekend, he passed away."

And so it is.

Now that the 6-foot-4, 205-pound McCay looks back on it he knows it was the right decision. Whether it is his close connection with assistant coach Jay Norvell or the family atmosphere that resonates throughout the city of Norman, once McCay chose the Sooners that was it.

The who's who of college football had offered him including Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Ole Miss. That could have been largely in part to his production at Bishop Miege High.

During his senior season, had over 1,000 yards of offense and close to 20 touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 36 tackles and two interceptions. In early Scout.com rankings, McCay was listed as an outside linebacker, a position where he excels.

But in the latest ranking, wide receiver was the position he was evaluated and the position that Oklahoma intends for him to play.

And you can expect McCay to be on the field sooner than later.

"The coaches told me to come in ready to play. I have not heard them mention anything about a red shirt," McCay said. "I am a competitor and I am going to look to come in and compete. I know that nothing will be handed to me, so I'll have to go in and get it.

"That is what I plan to do."

For McCay, his letter of intent was faxed in at 9:15 a.m.


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