Signee Spotlight: Kevin McCoy

Vanderbilt just may have the best group of offensive linemen of any program in this year's recruiting class. They were easily in that conversation prior to securing a commitment from Kevin McCoy. The 6-foot-5, 284-pound offensive tackle left Nashville on Sunday and called Coach Franklin with the news when he got back to Tampa.

"I was just waiting until I had that gut feeling of where I want to be the next five years of my life," said Kevin McCoy. "I felt that this weekend [at Vanderbilt]. I talked it over with my parents when I got home. I told them it felt right.

"I believe in the coaches and what they're doing. I knew in my heart and in my mind that's where I wanted to be. I loved everything about it."

McCoy, who had made an unofficial to Vanderbilt last summer, brought his father with him on the visit to introduce him to Coach Franklin and position coach, Herb Hand.

"I knew everybody from being there before," McCoy said. "This time they filled me with a lot of information on Vanderbilt. Jahmel McIntosh was my player-host. He showed me around. Nashville is a beautiful city.

"People back home think there's nothing but cowboys in Nashville, but it's not like that. I found it to be an exciting city that's culturally diverse. I loved every second of the visit and can't wait to be back."

McCoy enjoyed a dream senior season. Seffner Armwood High School won a 6A State Championship in Orlando. McCoy was named All-State, All-Hillsborough County, and All-Sun Coast.

"It was awesome," McCoy stated. "I got to play on national television. I got to play on a team that went 15-0. And I got to go on some great visits. I can't believe all of the accolades I received. I credit my coaches and teammates because i know I couldn't have done it on my own."

Armwood will have 11 football players and one track athlete sign on February 1st at 11:30 a.m., and McCoy will set his sights on preparing himself for college.

"Next year Vanderbilt will return both tackles," McCoy said. "Coach Hand told me they encourage competition. I don't think I'm physically or mentally ready, and I'd like to redshirt my first year. They like me at tackle. I'm not sure which side. If they need me to step in and play I will, but I'd like to get myself ready next year and become a starter in the near future."

McCoy plans on competing in track and field in the spring and possibly play tennis for Armwood. After high school graduation, he's planning on being on campus by the third week in June. Top Stories