2008 Class: Amherst’s McCoy Close to First Offer

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6-3, 210-pound WR/ATH Derrick McCoy, a star junior prospect for Amherst County (VA), is close to receiving his first official scholarship offer according to Amherst Head Coach Scott Abell. And the one offer could just be the tip of the iceberg for McCoy, who has been a starter on the varsity level since his freshman season.

�It�s really starting to take off,� Abell said of McCoy�s recruitment. �Virginia Tech has verbally indicated that they have a scholarship coming. UVa has been down here a ton of times. I think UVa is going to wait until they get through signing this class before they go ahead with anything. Maryland just got his junior tape. Other schools � like N.C. State and UNC – are just now getting tape on him. I really think he�ll get offers from all of those programs.�

In his junior season, McCoy started at wide receiver and outside linebacker. He racked up close to 800 yards on offense, averaging around 30 yards per catch in a run-oriented offense. He had nine touchdowns.

This past season was McCoy�s first as a starter on defense. He did well, finishing with seven sacks, two interceptions and �numerous tackles-for-loss,� said Coach Abell. It was McCoy�s performance on defense that has Abell believing many offers will come.

�I think schools are recruiting him more as an athlete,� Abell said. �Coming out of his sophomore year, people were recruiting him as a wide receiver. He has come so far in terms of his physical ability to play the game. I think his stock really rose this year because of the way he played defense. He could play wide receiver on the next level because of his physical tools. He could play linebacker. He could even be a defensive end. He is one of those kids who you see and you think is going to be huge.

�He looks like a college wide receiver right now. He�s 6-3 � close to 6-4 � and weighs about 210 pounds. He�s not a 4.3 kid. He�s probably a mid-4.5 kid. He�ll probably end up at 6-4, 225 pounds, though, and that�s before he puts on a college uniform. He�s an extremely good looking physical specimen.�

Virginia Tech appears to be in strong position at this point in the process.

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