Daniel McCarty Player Profile
Position: Offensive lineman
Size: 6-4, 285
High School: Alamo Heights
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Recruitment: Coming out of high school, McCarty was rated as a two-star and one of the top-100 offensive linemen in the country by Scout. He was named second-team All-State and first-team All-District 27-4A his senior year. That season, he had 47 pancake blocks and did not allow a single sack. McCarty also lettered in track in high school where he threw shot put and discus. He chose SMU over offers from Rice, Texas State, and Harvard.
2013 Review: McCarty only played in the season opener against Texas Tech sparingly. He was a true freshman, but was able to quickly pick up the offense after playing in a system similar to the Run N Shoot at Alamo Heights under coach Mike Norment.
Outlook in 2014: McCarty has a great chance to earn one of the starting guard spots on the offensive line this season. The Mustangs are returning three starters up front, but will need McCarty, Seaver Myers, and/or William Barns to step up and solidify the interior.
McCarty is a big, strong offensive lineman who has good footwork and technique. He has a little bit of a mean streak in him and can overpower defenders with his brute strength. McCarty played all across the line in high school and was immediately comfortable in SMU’s offense after playing in a two-point stance often in high school.
At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, McCarty is also a sneaky good athlete for his size. He was a terrific run blocker in high school and does a great job of using his quickness to get the second level. Although he played mostly tackle, McCarty is a much better fit inside in college and should benefit from his versatility.
It should also help McCarty to have veterans on the offensive line surrounding him as he adjusts to being the everyday starter. SMU is hoping the talented recruit can solidify the interior of the line and give the Mustangs a solid group up front to help whichever quarterback they end up starting.