November 11, 2008
South Florida 2010 WR gets Pac-10 offer
On Monday night, Miramar (Fla.) High School's top two senior prospects - Stedman Bailey and Eugene Smith - committed to play football at West Virginia University. Earlier that day, Miramar's top underclassman, Ivan McCartney, continued his heavy recruitment, adding another offer to an already long list.
"I was just offered by Oregon," McCartney said on Monday night. "It just came in today."
McCartney, a south Florida native isn't a natural fit for Oregon geographically. However, the Pac-10 program has been a school that the wide receiver prospect has been hoping to hear from.
"I've been liking Oregon for a while now," he said. "This coach that I knew from Optimist (Florida pee-wee football system), he got me in touch with them. I like the type of offense that they run. It kind of fits my style of play."
McCartney, the nephew of NFL star Chad Johnson, picked up offers from Boston College, Ole Miss, West Virginia and others before the start of his junior season. Now that he is producing as expected, the 2010 Rivals250 To Watch member will likely see his recruitment continue to progress at a rapid pace.
"I've been playing pretty good," he said. "I've got about eight touchdowns. I'm not really sure homw many yards or catches I have."
Though McCartney can't keep track, his receiving total is up to 460 yards on 26 receptions through nine games. He has helped lead his team to an 8-1 record as one of the favorites in 6A in Florida. This Friday, Miramar will face Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the top ranked teams in the nation.
"I feel great, I can't wait," said the junior. "this game will represent respect and getting that focus, showing everybody that we're Miramar and we're coming ready to play."
With all of the successes that he has had on the field, McCartney should see his stock continue to rise. As it does, there are three schools that he hopes add to his offer list: Florida, Miami and Alabama.
"Florida and the University of Miami, I've always liked them growing up in Florida," he said. "Alabama, I just have to do more research on it. I like the atmosphere and the intensity that those guys play with."
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