May 24, 2010

Hard-hitting LB has offer from the Black Knights

Army Head Coach Rich Ellerson's attacking scheme defense is just what the doctor ordered for Hard hitting inside linebacker Cody McCarthy from Boise (Idaho) Bishop Kelly High School.

McCarthy, who by his own assertion, loves laying the wood on his opponents, has offers from Washington State and Army, but is anticipating other schools to follow.

For the Black Knights, the 6-foot-1 , 230 pound inside backer's recruiting is being handled by offensive coordinator Ian Shields. "Coach called me yesterday to tell me he was going to visit this upcoming Monday," McCarthy declared on Thursday. Army offered me about a month ago; and he called and told me he was offering me."

The native of Idaho received his offer from Washington State over the spring break, and they are a school that McCarthy is very familiar with.

"I am from Northern Idaho and I basically grew up on the Washington State campus," confirms the tough middle linebacker. "My mom was an All-American volleyball player there and I grew up watching her play."

McCarthy indicated that he would love to visit the West Point campus this summer, but that decision may come down to finances, which of course has become a challenge for many recruits across the country, who may have to rely on taking their official visits as an alternative.

Despite the uncertainty that surrounds long distant visits, McCarthy has and will continue to make his way to many local camps and combines.

"I'm going to a lot of summer camps where they said I have a good chance (offer) if and when I attend their camps," states McCarthy. "Schools such as Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington have stated that and it would be a blessing to get an offer from those schools as well. UNC has been calling me a lot, Stanford, Arizona State, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and UCLA."

McCarthy is being recruited as an inside linebacker, but could also project on the outside. He is very a intense player and solid at playing in space. He was named the top linebacker at the National Underclassman Combine in Boise in 2008, where he won the Linebackers MVP at the Eugene NIKE Camp last summer following his sophomore year.

Although Bishop Kelly finished 10-1 in 2009, were undefeated in league play, along with wining their district … losing in the state playoff game is something that continues to haunt the returning class. "We lost in the last three seconds on a last second kickoff return and missed making it to the state championship," says McCarthy, as he reflects on what that felt like last year, but also is excited about the prospects for the 2010 season. "We are returning 10 starters on defense and should be very good." will continue to update McCarthy's recruitment as it unfolds.

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