Florida Star Shining Bright

This isn't likely the first time you‘ve heard the name of highly prized football prospect D'Angelo McCray and it isn't likely to be the last.

Players with McCray's type of talent and personality have a way of remaining in the public eye throughout the recruiting process. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect plays both defensive end and tight end at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Fla. As a junior he recorded 75 tackles, including 26 for losses with a dozen sacks. On offense he played tight end and caught 24 passes for 370 yards and a touchdown.

Regarded as the top defensive end prospect in the state of Florida this recruiting season, McCray has already fielded over 20 offers including scholarships from such schools as Florida State, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Georgia and Tennessee. Some prefer him as a defensive end others, like UT, see him as a tight end. Any of those contenders would be willing to sign McCray and let him decide, or let him see service as a two-way performer. His rare combination of size and speed put him at the top of numerous Most Wanted lists. Currently listed at a 4.85 in the 40 McCray, who has only been playing football since his freshman year, claims to have gotten faster.

"I have more speed than most guys my size," he told Scout.com's Mike Bakas. "I've gotten 4.6, 4.7 lately but it's not just that. I have football speed because I have good vision. That's something you can't coach and something not all guys have. It's God-given ability."

McCray's next level ability and solid 3.0 GPA make him a low-risk prospect with unlimited potential. He will display that talent this weekend at the Scout.com Combine in Jacksonville. The following weekend he will be on FSU's campus for junior day.

His aim is to get his list of schools down to 10 by Spring, and it currently appears the Vols will make that first cut.

"I am up to around 20 offers," he told Bryan Munson of BigRedReport. "Right now, I have about five and my coach, after the jamboree, is going to write those other schools and tell them thanks for recruiting me, but I am really not interested. Right now I have five or six. They are Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, and probably Tennessee and Miami."

McCray's goal for this senior season is to make the U.S. Army All-American squad. To that end, he is making the combine and camp circuit over the spring and summer as well as working on improving his strength and endurance. He competes in track at Jackson High School.

Wherever he lands on signing day next February, he doesn't seem to be in any hurry to slow down the ongoing courtship with college coaches.

"I'm very wide open," he said. "I like 'em all. Everyone who has offered me. I haven't eliminated anyone. I'll start narrowing it down when I start talking to the coaches and start checking out the schools myself."

Yes, Tennessee fans can expect to hear a lot more about D'Angelo McCray.


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