McCray, Farris Talk O-D All-American Bowl

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Zack McCray both enjoyed their experiences last week in Myrtle Beach (S.C.), where they competed in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. The Virginia Tech recruits played solidly and returned home with a glimpse of what it will be like to play on the college level.


One of Virginia Tech’s top recruits in the 2010 class, 6-5, 235-pound defensive end Zack McCray racked up 15 sacks and over 100 tackles his senior year. Of his performance in the all-star game, he said, “I think I did a pretty good job. Going from playing in high school to going against these guys is different. In high school, I could get away with using only a few select moves. At the Offense-Defense, I’d have to vary what I’d do each play and think about how I would play. The guys are a lot bigger and stronger, which is a testament to me needing to get in the weight room before I get to Tech.

“It was a bigger jump for me, coming from AA ball to playing against the best offensive linemen in the country. It’s nothing I can’t handle, though.”

In practice, McCray, who played for the East, went against 6-5, 315-pound Alabama commit Austin Shepherd and 6-7, 300-pound Michigan State commit Skyler Schofner. This helped the state of Virginia star gain confidence for when game-time came around on Saturday.

“I think going against those guys helped me out a whole lot,” McCray said. “Those guys are pretty good tackles. They are big and strong. What helped me was my speed rushing, but I surprised myself with how well I did in my bull rushing.”

McCray, who committed in July, looks forward to signing with the Hokies next month. He’ll be the second Brookville recruit to sign with the Hokies in as many years, joining his cousin, quarterback Logan Thomas.

“Everything I’ve worked for will finally be complete,” McCray said. “I’ll be signing my life away to Virginia Tech (laughs). I’ll