Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla. is ranked the top team in the state and one of the best nationally according to many publications. The Hawks just completed an undefeated regular season and set to begin the 6A state playoffs. Many believe they have the best offensive line in the nation with all five starters having multiple Division 1 offers. Right tackle Kevin McCoy has 10 offers to his credit, but remains undecided.
"It's been a good year," said Kevin McCoy. "I've improved in every game by learning from my mistakes and doing my best not to repeat them. As a team, we've gotten better. We started a little slow and had some injuries. Having a bye week before our next game will help us get healthy for a playoff run."
McCoy, at 6-foot-5, 278-pounds, plays the offensive line with seniors Cody Waldrop, who committed to South Carolina, Cameron Dees, who committed to Marshall, and Brandon Teeling and Jack Lightsey, who are uncommitted with offers. They've helped the Hawks average 43 points per game, 205.3 rushing yards per game, and 109.1 passing yards per game on the season.
"I'm doing a better job using my hands on my opponents," McCoy said. "Last year I was putting them too far inside. This year I've improved by using more of an upper body hand placement. I'm doing a better job blocking, especially on the linebackers. My body presence has gotten better too. As a unit we've done a good job at pass protection and running blocking. I'd say our strength is pass protection."
Trying to win a state championship in the state of Florida isn't easy and requires much of McCoy's time. He plans on taking his officials when the season is complete in December and January.
"I'd like to take all five of my visits," McCoy stated. "I definitely want to go to Vanderbilt, UCF, Auburn, and Illinois. I'm being recruited pretty heavily by USF but they're only 15 minutes away, so I'll probably use my last one on an out-of-state school like North Texas."
Vanderbilt went down to Gainesville this past weekend and gave the Gators all they could handle. The game left a big impression on McCoy.
"I'd probably have to say Vanderbilt's at the top of my list," McCoy said. "I think Coach Franklin has elevated the level of play in a big way at a school not known for being a powerhouse. They're coming close in their losses.
"The Florida game, even though they lost, was huge game for them. I see them reaching new heights with Coach Franklin. I'm being recruited by Coach (Chris) Beatty and talk to him or Coach (Herb) Hand at least three times a week."
McCoy has an older brother, Demetrius McCoy, who played running back at Indiana (2005-09). He plans on relying on his brother's expertise on his recruiting visits.
"I'm going to take Demetrius with me on some of my officials," said McCoy. "Having been through the process he knows a lot more about it than I do.
"The biggest thing for me is to find a coach I'm comfortable with and trust because I'm handing over my ability to him with the expectation that he'll make me into a better player. So having good chemistry with the coaches is very important in determining my decision."
The Hawks begin the playoffs on November 18th with Lakeshore Ranch. The team went all the way to the 4A state finals last season losing by a field goal to Tallahassee Lincoln in the Orlando Citrus Bowl. After an a three point win in the season opener Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, the Hawks average margin of victory in their last nine games has been by 41.7 points.
McCoy plans to toss the shotput and discus after the season and may play a little tennis to help on his footwork. He plans on graduating in early June.
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