McCray separating himself from the pack

On the field, on the track and in the classroom, junior defensive back Meko McCray leaves the competition in the dust. The GACS star says he's excited about camping at Vanderbilt this summer.

For Norcross (Ga.) defensive back Meko McCray, it's all about the separation.

When he's returning a punt or an interception for Greater Atlanta Christian School, the lightning-fast McCray is distancing himself from would-be tacklers. When he's on the track, the junior Spartan sprinter is routinely observed leaving the competition in the dust.

And in the classroom, McCray boasts a grade point average of over 4.1 (including advanced placement courses), putting him near the top of his class-- not to mention head-and-shoulders above most Division I-A football prospects.

With a resume like that, it's no surprise McCray is seeking an elite academic school at which to play his college football. He's drawing a fair amount of interest, and at this point, he's all ears.

"I'm getting mail right now from Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Duke, M.I.T. and Harvard," he said. "I signed up recently for Vanderbilt's camp, and I'm really excited about that. I may go to a few more and maybe some combines, just so I can get my name out there.

"Right now I'm most interested in Vanderbilt, M.I.T., Duke, Clemson and Yale," he said. "I figure with my GPA, I ought to at least be able to apply to some of those types of schools."

Despite his small size (5-10, 175), McCray possesses the speed that colleges are all looking for at defensive back. His tapes also demonstrate he's not afraid to get physical.

McCray is part of a strong rising senior class for Coach Jimmy Chupp's Spartans. Alongside quarterback Lee Chapple and lineman T - Bob Hebert, McCray hopes to lead GACS back to another deep run in the Class AA playoffs.

"Defense is really my main thing, and cornerback," McCray said. "But also kickoff returns and punt returns. I could see myself doing any of those things in college."

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