Will McCoy Follow Mathis To UT?

Can Tennesse make it two-for-two by sweeping the M&M Men — aka linebackers Andre Mathis and Rico McCoy — in a head-to-head recruit-out with the Ohio State Buckeyes?

The Vols completed part one of the daily double with a commitment today from Mathis, the six-foot-1, 225-pound four-star prospect from Errie, Pa., who is ranked the nation's No. 21 linebacker. Mathis' selected UT over Ohio State after a visit last weekend to Knoxville.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound, McCoy also visited Tennessee's campus last week and is expected to choose between the Vols and Buckeyes and make his annoucement at half-time of the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 15. McCoy was selected to play in that nationally televised contest.

"Tennessee or Ohio State?," McCoy coyly asked in response to a question by Scout.com's Jamie Newberg. "It is a tight race. They both have so much to offer. They both play in a big stadium, in great conferences, have so much tradition and they are two great opportunities for playing time. I may have to go down to a gut feeling because I know when I tally the positives and negatives about both schools it's going to be so close. I may just follow my heart."

Both UT and OSU have visits scheduled for tonight in McCoy's Washington, D.C., home and he is expected to announce a decision so after.

McCoy is rated the nation's No. 15 linebacker by Scout.com and is regarded as the top linebacker prospect in a D.C. area noted for producing linebackers. As a senior, McCoy recorded 118 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions at St. John's College High School. On offense, he also rushed for eight touchdowns.

Blessed with outstanding 4.55 speed, McCoy has the size to play middle linebacker and the speed to play outside linebacker. He tallied 120 tackles as a junior with five sacks, three forced fumbles and five rushing TDs to earn first team All-Metro and all-league honors.

McCoy bench presses 320 pounds and lifts an astounding 585 pounds in the squat. He has a 34-inch vertical leap and carries a 2.6 GPA.

"I'm very energetic and emotional," he said. "I'm very physical and I look for the big hit. I'm real aggressive and need to calm down a little. I tend to over run plays. I'd also like to react to the ball better."

In an interview posted earlier today, McCoy gave no hint of leaning in either direction.

"We're going to sit down as a family and talk about this thing," he told Gary Housteau of Bucknuts.com. "It's down to O-State and Tennessee for sure. They both got a lot to offer me," McCoy said. "They're both losing a lot of linebackers next year. They both have strong fan support and they're both nice places to go to I think. I'm not leaning one way in particular right now. I like both of them."

He did say that Mathis' choice wouldn't impact his decision even though they could find themselves in competition for playing time. In fact, it may even play in Tennessee's favor.

"No that won't be a factor," McCoy said in the Buckhnut interview. "I got to talk to him a couple of times and I know him pretty well and we've said it would be nice if we did play with each other, but I ain't going to go nowhere just to play with somebody else. I think he's announcing Wednesday and I don't know where he's going to go. I talked to him (Sunday) and he was giving me positive things on both schools and he was just as confused as I am."

Not anymore.


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