Top DE Prospect Talks Recruiting

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Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) defensive end Zack McCray continues to enjoy success on the recruiting trail, recently receiving official offers number 12 and 13 from South Carolina and UCLA, respectively. The 6-5, 235-pound junior indicated that Clemson could become offer #14 soon and added that Southern Cal has expressed serious interest.

A tight end and defensive end for Brookville head coach Jeff Woody, McCray excelled on the defensive side of the ball last season as a junior, tallying 20 sacks and earning all-state, all-region and all-district honors.

“A lot of college coaches say overall athleticism and that I could play on either side of the ball,” McCray said. “On defense, they like how I get off the ball quick. They like my quickness and agility. A lot of schools tell me they’ll play me at defensive end, but some others think I could play a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive or just outside linebacker.”

Recruiting-wise, McCray took an opportunity to visit one of the 13 programs this week. He made what was his third overall visit to the University of Tennessee, this time hoping to get to know the new coaching staff better.

“Both Kiffins are pretty cool,” McCray said, referring to Vols head coach Lane Kiffin and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. “I didn’t spend a lot of time with Lane. I was supposed to, but we left early. Monte was really cool. He is really enthused about what he does. I know he could get the fire started under any player.”

McCray had hoped to visit LSU this week – Brookville’s Spring Break – but will be unable to do so. He hopes to get back to LSU sometime this summer, though, and indicates that location will not be a big factor in choosing his college destination.

“I’ll go anywhere,” McCray said. “If I fall in love with a college, I’m willing to go anywhere. I’d go to a college in China if I felt that was the best place for me (laughs).”

If McCray stays in the state of Virginia for college, he’ll sign with Virginia Tech next February. He has been to Blacksburg numerous times, with the most recent experience coming three weeks ago. He called the experience “a good trip” and plans to return to Tech for the Spring Game next Saturday (though he has to leave early because of Prom).

Virginia Tech remains very much in contention here.

“I’m still considering