McEvoy talks Gamecock Offer

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) ATH Tanner McEvoy is one of the most versatile athletes in the country. The 6-6, 210-pound prospect also has multiple connections to the city of Columbia and the University of South Carolina. Saturday McEvoy camped at South Carolina and picked up an offer after his performance impressed the coaches. Look inside as he discusses the offer and his visit.

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) prospect Tanner McEvoy is listed as a four-star wide receiver by, but the South Carolina coaching staff sees his talents in a different way.

McEvoy's recruiter, and South Carolina's quarterbacks coach, G.A. Mangus offered the 6-6, 210-pound prospect after he worked out for the coaches during a camp Saturday afternoon.

"I had a feeling if I performed well, I was going to get an offer, so I'm glad it worked out," McEvoy said. "Being offered a QB scholarship in the SEC is a pretty big thing."

McEvoy says nearly the entire coaching staff watched him work out.

"The best and most intense part of the day was when they took me into the indoor facility and worked me out for about 25 minutes," he says. "Coach Spurrier Jr. was telling me what to throw and Coach Mangus was my receiver. I also ran the 40 two times, both around 4.6."

Duke and Cincinnati have also offered McEvoy as a pure QB while Michigan, Boston College and Rutgers have offered him as an athlete but are currently looking at him as a QB. Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisville, Illinois and Michigan State have also offered him at one position or another.

While McEvoy doesn't specifically claim a preferred position, he is definitely interested in continuing to develop as a QB.

"I know I can play WR and TE but I have the potential to be a very good D1 QB," he says. "I can throw the ball well and I can run too. This year we have a new head coach, Nunzio Campanile, who is an excellent QB coach. He coached at Don Bosco (No. 1 team in the country last year) and every QB he has worked with was an All State player in his senior year. He really believes in me and I am excited to play the position."

McEvoy says he could go from one of the top high school coaches to one of the top college coaches for QBs.

"I would be learning from one of the best if I played QB for Coach Spurrier," he said.

It was Mangus who he spent the majority of his time on campus with.

"I spent about 90% of my time at USC with Coach Mangus," McEvoy said. "He really knows what he is talking about and is a nice guy."

Despite a hectic schedule and travel problems, McEvoy says he enjoyed the trip.

"It was a jam packed trip," McEvoy said. "I finished my last final on Friday and flew down that afternoon. I took the ACT Saturday morning and got to USC by 2 p.m. Worked out, toured, met coaches and showed them what I can do. The day ended at 9pm. Even after all my travel delays coming home, it was worth the trip."

The dual-threat athlete plans on making a decision some time after his senior season. He plans to trim his list to 10 by the end of the summer.

McEvoy has multiple connections to Columbia and USC as he has family still living in the area and his mother graduated from Carolina. He says his final decision will come down to other factors, though.

"I don't want to disappoint anybody," he says, "but I will not be basing my decision on where to go to school based on my family ties. I will be picking the school that will be the best choice for my football and academic career."

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