Schools Taking Notice of McCollum
The 6'4", 200 pound McCollum, who threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior last season, had a strong showing at the Elite 11 regional quarterback camp in Atlanta, GA last Friday, but he really turned some heads by winning the Most Valuable Quarterback Award a day later at the Athens NIKE Camp.
"I had a good NIKE Camp this past weekend. There were so many good quarterbacks there. It was unexpected, but I felt like I threw the ball well. I felt real comfortable in my drops, and I was accurate. I was just throwing it good," said McCollum. "There were a few coaches up there, and some places are starting to take notice. Virginia's been talking to me a good bit and South Carolina has too. It's been picking up a good bit."
On top of the interest from the Gamecocks and Cavaliers, McCollum is also receiving attention from major programs like Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and NC State. However, while any school that offers him will be in the running for his services according to McCollum, he is hoping for an offer from his childhood favorite, South Carolina. Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the in-state Gamecocks are being selective in offering quarterbacks this year, but McCollum is optimistic that they could extend an offer his way after evaluating him at their camp this summer.
"They're telling me that they are very interested. They would like me to come up to their one day camp this summer. They'd like to see me throw in person, so I think I'm going to do that and go up to their camp for a day in the beginning of June."
The lowcountry signal-caller is scheduled to receive a visit from his Gamecock recruiter, Shane Beamer, today at his school, and according to McCollum, he's enjoyed getting to know Beamer during the recruiting process.
"He's a really nice guy. I've been up there a few times and talked with him. He's real laid back, and he's easy to talk to. He was actually born in Charleston, so it's cool because he's been around. I like him, and he seems like a really good coach."
McCollum is in no rush to make a decision, but he does know what factors he is looking for in a school.
"The campus plays a big part in it, and definitely the education. The facilities as well as the coaches, and just the atmosphere of the games are big to me. I just want to make the best decision I can and go where I feel I can make a difference."
The 2008 standout has a busy summer ahead, as he plans to attend as many summer camps as possible.
"I'm going to try to go to a lot of camps this summer. June is packed full. I think I'm going to Tennessee, Duke, NC State, South Carolina, and Florida State and Florida. I'm just trying to get all over the place."
McCollum, who said he models his game after Peyton Manning, described what strengths he brings to the football field as well as what areas he is still working to improve in.
"I'd say I'm smart on the field. I make good decisions most of the time, and I think I'm a good leader. I'm always looking to improve. You can always get quicker feet and get faster, and that's what I've been working on lately. I'm just trying to get quicker and faster."
With Summerville's spring practice set to start up next week, McCollum talked about what fans can expect from the 4A powerhouse Green Wave in the fall.
"I think we're going to spread the ball around a good bit. We should have a strong running game as well, but we're putting in some good stuff, and I think we'll be fun to watch. Our only goal this year is really to just win the state championship."
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