Anyone who follows football in the state of Pennsylvania and has not just crawled out of a cave can tell who the best prospect in next years class will be. The answer should be unanimous: Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt running back LeSean McCoy (5-11, 215, 4.35). McCoy estimates that he currently possesses between 25-30 scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Michigan, Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia, Miami, Boston College, N.C. State, Ohio State and Florida State.
Dont expect any type of rush judgements or early decisions from McCoy. He is going to take his time and make the decision that best fits him, and there are a number of factors that will be included in the decision-making process.
There will be a lot of factors that go into my decision, the style of offense, the coaching staff, what my position coach is like, McCoy said. The position coach is important because hell be the guy I spend the most time with.
One particular school has caught McCoys attention, and that is Penn State.
I want to hit one of their junior days, I like coach [Larry] Johnson, I just saw him at the mall the other day, McCoy said.
McCoy was very impressed with Penn States recent recruiting class.
McCoy has been piling up the statistics and accolades. He will be entering his senior season with a legitimate shot at breaking former Syracuse and current Indianapolis Colt James Mungros career state rushing record. The East Stroudsburg product ran for 8,432 yards during his illustrious prep career.
McCoy relies heavily upon his brother, LeRon McCoy, for words of wisdom. LeRon was set to go to Virginia after a standout career at Bishop McDevitt. Unfortunately he did not make the grade and chose to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania instead. Now LeRon is embarking on a new journey. Several NFL scouts list the elder McCoy as a potential draft pick in this years draft.
We have heard he has a good chance of getting drafted, hes been working out and getting ready, McCoy said. Watching him get recruited really helped me a lot, I got to see the different phases of the process.
Now the nickname, how did he come to be called Shady?
My mom gave it to me when I was little, McCoy said. She said I was a Shady charcter because I would be happy and then be sad, sad then happy. Then it just kind of stuck with me.
McCoy has had his way with opposing defenses since he was a sophomore, when he ran for 2,561 yards and 28 touchdowns. As a junior, McCoy ran for 2,828 yards and 33 touchdowns.
After his standout junior season McCoy was named Associated Press Class AAAA Player Of The Year, first-team Associated Press Class AAAA All-State, first-team PA Football News All-State, and was named the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Conference MVP.
McCoy is planning on attending the Nike Combine at Penn State and possibly the Elite college combine at the Meadowlands.