Up until eighth grade, McCarthy was in the Daniel Boone school district, about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia. But then his family relocated to Florida, and now the senior-to-be at Clearwater Central Catholic is out of the mix for the Big 33.
But the linebacker/safety could well end up back in Pennsylvania to play his college ball. Based on a strong camp performance at Penn State in June, McCarthy (6-2, 215, 4.5) said he expects an offer from the Nittany Lions.
My coach, Mike Jalazo, spoke to Penn State's Mike McQueary and he said a written offer is on the way, McCarthy said. Penn State camp went well; I was there for two days doing testing and drill work.
There has been some talk that if McCarthy is offered by the Nittany Lions that a commitment will soon follow.
That's not true. I mean, the offer definitely makes me interested, but I won't commit anytime soon, McCarthy said. I'm going to take my visits and then decide.
McCarthy estimates he has close to 15 written offers, including Miami, Georgia Tech, Penn State, South Florida, FAU, FIU, Illinois, Rutgers, West Virginia, UCF, Nebraska and Indiana.
I'll probably take an unofficial to Indiana and maybe Rutgers, McCarthy said. Indiana was the first to offer and they've been showing a lot of interest.
McCarthy grew up in Birdsboro, Pa., which is located 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia. He still takes the time to visit friends and family in the area when he gets back to Pennsylvania.
I was just up there a few weeks ago visiting some friends,' he said.
McCarthy improved his stock recently with an outstanding performance at the Florida State football camp.
I ran a 4.49, so now a lot of schools are thinking safety, but I prefer outside linebacker, McCarthy said
McCarthy states that he is currently wide open to everyone, but there are a handful of schools he hasn't heard from that he is hoping to.
I'd like to hear from Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, he said.