Weekend Visitor: 5-star DT Gerald McCoy

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Virginia Tech will host one of the nation’s top overall recruits this weekend, when Southeast (Oklahoma City, OK) 5-star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy comes to Blacksburg on an official visit. He is the fourth 5-star prospect Virginia Tech has hosted on an official visit in this 2006 recruiting class.

“As far as I know, he’s still going to Virginia Tech this weekend,” Southeast Head Coach Michael Branch said.

McCoy, a 6-5, 280-pound prospect, has already taken official visits to Notre Dame and Southern Cal and also has an official visit scheduled to Miami on December 16th. LSU and Tennessee are among the schools under consideration for the fifth and final official visit. Oklahoma, which probably will not get an official visit but has hosted McCoy several times on unofficial visits, is also in serious contention.

Of the first two official visits, Coach Branch said “I believe he had a great time at both. Gerald isn’t going to make a decision until he weighs all his options.”

Branch commented on why he thinks McCoy chose Virginia Tech for an official visit.

“I don’t even know, but I’d suspect that the success of the program has something to do with it,” Branch said. “They’ve been on TV quite a bit and, when you have alumni like Michael Vick, that will bring attention to your program.”

A star at defensive tackle, McCoy, who has a max bench of 360 pounds and squat of 700 pounds, racked up 20 sacks this season after tallying 23 tackles-for-loss and 20 sacks last season as a junior. What makes him so good?

“He’s tremendously athletic for a kid his size,” Branch said. McCoy has been selected to the 2006 Army All-American game. “He’s actually a really good basketball player too, which a lot of people don’t know. He works hard at being good. He wants to be impressive. He has a desire to be the best defensive tackle.”

A good student as well, McCoy is an honor roll student.

Stay tuned next week for a follow up article on McCoy’s official visit to Virginia Tech. We hope to have quotes from McCoy as well as Coach Branch.