February 11, 2009

Offer surprises McCay

After Signing Day each year, offers tend to roll out in waves as teams begin to evaluate the top juniors across the country. Georgia is no different as Bulldog coaches have lookd over tons of film and checking in on players in multiple states.

While in Kansas last month, the Bulldogs checked in and offered one of the top wide receivers for 2010.

Justin McCay (6-foot-4, 200-pounds) is an athletic nightmare for defensive coordinators. The red zone weapon mixes great size and strength with above average speed, which makes the Bishop Miege wide receiver a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

"I have a good blend of hands and explosiveness," a humbled McCay told UGASports.com Tuesday night.

McCay has been getting offers everyday it seems, and he has received four more since Rivals.com last caught up with him. He is approaching close to 20 written scholarships from schools, and the big receiver says he has not had time to take it all in yet.

"I know Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Tennessee have offered this past week, maybe more," said McCay. "It has felt pretty good, but I have to keep working hard, I cannot afford to stop and think I am good enough already."

The Fighting Irish extended and offer last week as well, and although it was a good experience for the Shawnee, Kansas standout, the fact that his coach went there will not affect his decision. In fact, he feels not too many schools need to jump in at this point.

"It was cool, but every school at first was refreshing. No new offer can really wow me right now, I have got some great ones already," the Bishop Miege receiver admitted.

McCay has plans to visit Missouri in the spring, and admitted to being a fan of their team on occasion, depending on the outcome of a big rivalry game.

"Whoever won the Kansas-Missouri matchup," McCay said. "They got my love for the year. I always tuned into that game."

While he is becoming one of the most coveted prospects in the nation for 2010, McCay admits that this is very different than his situation was a year ago.

"Schools are looking at me as a wide receiver and kick returner now, but last year they liked me as a big guard on the basketball court," he said. "I had not given football as much thought, because I thought it was my second sport, so this is all really new to me."

Even though he missed four games last year, McCay made First-Team All Region. On the Rivals250 to watch for next year, McCay's highlights and athletic display caught the eye of Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who made the trip out to Kansas to check in with his coach. McCay had no idea they even knew who he was.

"It was very surprising, as I had never talked to them before," McCay said. "It felt good to know they knew who I was."

Although the super-sized wideout does not know a lot about the Bulldog program, he admits it is one that intrigues him.

"I know they win, and do it every year," McCay said. "From what I have seen, I like how they play. I probably will make an unofficial visit there soon."

While the process is just getting started, McCay already knows how he will go about deciding his future team. The top target has set his guidelines, and hopes to make the best decision for him. One of the top prospects in Kansas, McCay says his plans are not locked into a certain region however.

"I plan to decide hopefully during the spring or over the summer," he said. "I am looking for a winning team that has a good atmosphere. I have thought about leaving the area, but really I am just open to the best school possible."

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