Jr. PA QB Kevin McCabe

His father, Joe McCabe, played tight-end for Penn State during the mid 70's. Kevin is one of the top quarterback prospects in the state and is being actively recruited by the Nittany Lions.

Name: Kevin McCabe
Position: QB
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.95
School: Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia, PA

Kevin was the only underclassmen selected as part of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22.  He is one of the best quarterback prospects in the state of Pennsylvania and has already been hearing from major Division I schools.

"Penn State keeps pretty good contact with me," Kevin said, "and Virginia.  Those are 2 offers for sure right now.  West Virginia is coming pretty close [to offering].

"West Virginia told me that they're really interested in me.  They want to get a pocket quarterback and they're looking at me pretty hard.  Arizona State and Michigan are some other schools interested.  I have four or five schools that are really interested."

Penn State and Virginia have both given Kevin a verbal scholarship offer.

"They told me that 'it's on the table for you whenever you want it, it's here for you.'

"Michigan said they're going to start recruiting pretty hard."

Kevin has attracted a lot of attention despite missing parts of three games during his junior season as a result of an ankle injury.

"The ankle is fine now.  It doesn't even bother me at all.

"I was 80 of 131 for 1,053 yards.  I threw 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions."

Kevin is the prototypical pocket passer.

"I'm not fast by any means.  I'll be the first to admit it.  But, I pick it up in quickness with my feet during my drop.  I have really good quickness in the pocket.  The 40-time is really overrated in my opinion if you have a really good pocket presence."

Kevin's right arm is his greatest weapon.

"Last year at a Virginia camp, I threw one 70 yards to Marcus Vick.  We were on the same 7-on-7 team.  He went to wide-receiver and ran a down, out and up.  I just launched one, just threw it to him.  I threw it almost 70 yards."

Kevin attended camps last year at Virginia, Penn State and Pittsburgh.

His father, Joe McCabe, played tight-end for Penn State from 1973 to 1976.

"He's a Penn State fan, but it's not like he wants me to lean towards Penn State or anything like that.  He wants me to make the best decision for me and go wherever I want to go.  If I go to Penn State, that's great.

"He was in the same fraternity as Bradley, and he was really good friends with Coach Ganter."

Kevin, of course, grew up a fan of the Nittany Lions.

"I was a big Penn State fan.  It was just in the blood.  Actually, over the past two or three years, I just became a college football fan.  I just like to see good games from every team.  I never really have a favorite.

"I like them (Penn State) because my dad played for them, but I also think it might be the best situation for me right there because they didn't get a quarterback this year.

"I like Penn State and Virginia.  I loved Miami [this year].  I just love to see good teams like that.

"I just liked to see Miami play, but Penn State, Virginia and Michigan are really the schools I like right now, and West Virginia.  Those are the four I really like."

Kevin's older brother, Tim, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 25th round a few years ago  However, the third baseman opted to play baseball in college and is currently a junior at West Virginia.

"That would be a nice place to play football.  Coach Rodriguez has a new system there.  It would be interesting to go there and play."

According to Kevin, Penn State is very interested.

"They said that 'we want you really bad and we think that you're going to be the quarterback for the future.'

"UVa's coach, Coach Musgrave recruits me pretty hard.  I guess he just liked me a lot when I was at their camp.  They got Anthony Martinez, that big guy from Virginia, this year, but they said they really want me down there pretty bad.

"I'm just going to pursue all options right now.

"I was talking to [Penn  State] about that Elite 11 camp and they said that it looks like I'm in the running for that.  I'd love to go to that.  That would be a great honor."

Kevin attended a game at Virginia and a game at West Virginia (against Rutgers) this past season.  He also went with his father to the Penn State game verses Ohio State.

"I went down to the Ohio State game," he said excitedly.  "We got there for the opening of the second half.  We were like 'all right, we found our seats, but we're down 27-9'.  They scored 14 point right off the bat and we were saying 'are you kidding me, we drove three hours down to see this?'. Then, all of a sudden, they start coming back and he (Joe Paterno) breaks the record.  It was amazing."

Kevin plans to make several unofficial visits this year.

"I might do a circuit of trips to Michigan, Purdue and Notre Dame, because they're all in the same vicinity.  If I can't, I think I'm just going to visit Michigan because they're recruiting me the hardest.

"Our team is going to a camp at West Virginia, so that's kind of a help for me."

The young quarterback realizes the importance of his decision.

"This is a big decision, this is my life, I don't want to rush it.  It's more than just football."

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