May 28, 2011

2013 legacy has Bucks high on his list

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Ohio State made a splash recently at Trotwood (Ohio) Madison High School by offering class of 2013 standout Cameron Burrows. The Buckeyes may not be done at Trotwood, however, as classmate Mike McCray is also generating plenty of early buzz. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker is the son of former Ohio State linebacker Michael McCray Sr. and the younger McCray holds Ohio State in high regard.

"Ohio State is one of my top choices," said McCray. "I've been to the campus a couple of times and I like the campus. I also like the coaches."

Ohio State is already showing interest in McCray who projects as one of the top rising junior linebackers in Ohio. The Buckeyes aren't the only program showing interest, however, as McCray has already picked up a pair of verbal offers.

"I have offers from Toledo and Syracuse," he said. "Notre Dame is looking at me and so is Ohio State, those are the main ones that I can think of right now."

McCray has been to numerous games at Ohio State over the years but specifically pointed to last year's win over Miami (FL) as a game that he particularly enjoyed.

"I go to a lot of games because of my Dad getting tickets," he said. "The Miami (FL) game this past year (stood out). The atmosphere was really live and it wasn't even that close of a game."

Last Saturday gave McCray his first real taste of a big time football camp as he participated at the Ohio State NIKE Camp. McCray ended up being one of the more impressive linebackers at the event.

"I think I did real good for the first big camp that I've been to," McCray said.

While linebacker looks to be McCray's projected position at the next level, McCray is also one of the better tight end prospects in Ohio as well as he was a starter at the position as a freshman. McCray says he would prefer to follow in his Father's footsteps.

"I would rather play linebacker (at the next level)," he said. "I like both but I'm not that tall (for a tight end) so I think I would like to play linebacker."

This fall, McCray will team up with players such as Bam Bradley and Cameron Burrows to form one of the most athletic defenses in Ohio. The knowledge that he has gained from playing alongside other great athletes is something that eased his transition into the linebacker position a year ago.

"They are all great players and they are leaders," he said. "I just tried to follow what they did because it was my first time ever playing linebacker."

McCray is also a standout baseball player as an outfielder and pitcher and because of that, he says it will be difficult to get out to a lot of camps this summer but he will camp at Ohio State in June.


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