Once an unknown, now one of the top prospects in the Southeast. Colin McCarthy made an unofficial visit to USF this past weekend to see the Bulls crush their friends to the East, UCF. McCarthy is a local kid who plays for Clearwater Central Catholic. Last year as a junior he had 163 total tackles on defense, including 13 for a loss. He also added four sacks, five interceptions, two caused fumbles, and one defensive touchdown. He currently has an offer from USF but also has offers from Ohio State, Penn State and Miami to name a few.
I talked to him briefly on the field Saturday, but had a chance to talk more in depth and get his reaction on Monday night. Here is what he did Saturday:
He got to the stadium around 5:00 to check in and pick up his tickets. After that he was brought into the recruit room and had some dinner. He also had a chance to meet all the coaches.
"It was my first chance to meet all the coaches." McCarthy added, "I really liked everybody. I'm glad they brought them all in, it gave me a chance to talk to them before they had to get ready for the game."
After talking and eating, McCarthy was taken by a student on a short tour of Raymond James Stadium .
"The guide showed us around some of the rooms and told us where USF came from and what they are trying to accomplish in the future."
By the time the tour was done the team was out on the field going through pre-game warm ups.
"I got down on the field to watch the pre-game and Coach (Larry) Scott took me over to the linebackers, it was interesting to be on the field to see how they warm up."
McCarthy got to his seat about five minutes before kickoff and enjoyed the rest of the game. He said his main focus was to see the way the team played together and see how the coaches and players interacted. Colin also mentioned that he liked the intensity of linebacker coach Burnham.
Here is his reaction to the blowout win by USF:
"The team looked real good out there." McCarthy thought UCF was going to give the Bulls a good game, "I saw UCF play tough against South Carolina, so I thought this would be a good match-up, but USF dominated from beginning to end."
He also kept an eye on standout linebacker Stephen Nicholas.
"He's pretty solid. I really like the way he plays, he's all over the place and I like to play the same style."
Next week McCarthy will take his first official visit of the season to Ohio State to see the Buckeyes take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Then he has one more planned visit to Penn State, but he said he hopes to catch another home game and said it will most likely be the West Virginia game.
CCC linebacker talks about USF visit
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