January 5, 2011

McCoy still eyeing Kent State

During his official visit to Kent State in October, Jeremy McCoy was impressed with everything the Golden Flashes had to offer.

He felt the facilities were top-notch, the team was on the rise, especially after its 28-17 win over Akron, and he was comfortable with the coaching staff.

"I liked it a lot," McCoy said. "All of it was just a good fun feeling being there and talking to the players on the field before the game."

After the season Kent State went through a coaching change, but that hasn't changed the way McCoy feels about the school. McCoy previously met new head coach Darrell Hazell while attending a summer camp in Columbus.

"I'm still looking at Kent," he said. "I'm familiar with the new head coach. I heard he was the receivers coach from Ohio State and I've been to plenty O-State camps."

Bowling Green, Duquesne and several other schools continue to recruit McCoy, but Kent State remains his only scholarship offer.

Last month, one of Kent State's assistant coaches visited Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus to visit McCoy and fill him in on the changes at Kent State.

"He told me that even though the coaching was changing they couldn't take my scholarship away," McCoy said. "They just wanted to see what the new head coach thought about the new recruits when he came to Kent and looked over them all."

McCoy had another big year at Marion-Franklin. He caught 23 passes for 405 yards and scored five touchdowns in leading the Red Devils to a 10-0 regular season.

"We lost in the second round of the playoffs but we made school history by going undefeated," he said.

McCoy doesn't quite remember how Marion-Franklin's season came to an end.

The Red Devils cruised to a 49-19 win over Zanesville in the first round of the playoffs but lost to Big Walnut, 24-12, the following week. In that game, McCoy suffered a blow to the head and blacked out. He was carted off the field and spent the night at a local hospital.

"I felt that we could have went further (in the playoffs) but me getting a concussion in my last high school football game was a shock," he said. "I i went for a tackle and blacked out."

While McCoy also excelled on defense, most colleges are recruiting him to play wide receiver.

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