McCoy Discusses Commitment to VT

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Last Thursday, Amherst (VA) star Derrick McCoy verbally committed to Virginia Tech. It was a decision the 6-3, 210-pound WR/ATH prospect had been considering for quite some time, but, in the end it turned out to be an easy choice.

“I thought about it for a while,” McCoy said. “They’ve been talking to me for a while and they were talking good. I like the coaches. They’ve been talking to me since I was a freshman. I know they will treat me right. It’s a good program. It’s close to home, so my mom won’t have to travel too far or anything. So, I just made the decision.”

What helped Virginia Tech’s cause here is the fact that Amherst has sent players to Blacksburg before and those players have had good experiences. Currently, Barry Booker is a red-shirt junior defensive tackle for the Hokies. Booker has been back to Amherst County High School and has spoken highly of his time.

“I talk to Barry every time he comes back,” McCoy said. “He told me I would love it.”

McCoy has also traveled with his Amherst teammates to Virginia Tech’s summer camp. He camped their last summer.

Asked what his reaction was to receiving an offer from Virginia Tech last month, McCoy replied, “All I could do was smile.”

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer was pleased with McCoy’s decision.

“Coach Beamer told me he loved me on tape,” said McCoy, whose primary recruiter is Bryan Stinespring. “He told me to keep up with my schoolwork and everything. He was just happy to have me.”

Amherst’s big play receiver, McCoy averaged around 30 yards-per-catch last season as a junior. Amassing over 800 yards of receiving and scoring nine touchdowns, he helped Amherst capture a Group AA Division 4 State Championship.

“It means a lot,” McCoy said of winning the state championship. “I was real close to the seniors and I’m glad to see them graduate with a state championship.”

A standout at outside linebacker as well, the talented athlete racked up seven sacks and made two interceptions. He expects to start