ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Defensive lineman Albert McCoy, who checks in at 6-foot-5, 265-pounds, was told by his head coach before the season to expect colleges to come calling. But he didn't believe it until it finally happened.
Now, with one college after another now dropping in on St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs to check on him, a promise by his coach has become a reality.
"This year has been crazy," McCoy said. "A lot of new stuff for me like offers, colleges looking at me, and different teams checking in on me. It has been good. A lot of ups and downs, but more ups than downs. I am pretty excited."
So far, McCoy has landed a trio of offers.
"Ball State, Kansas, and Howard have offered me," McCoy said. "Howard was my first offer. I can't recall the specific date, but I was happy. I told everybody - my parents, my brother, everyone. I went and looked up information on them immediately."
He is also in regular contact with a few other schools who have yet to offer.
"I am hearing a lot from the coaches at Ohio," McCoy said. "I am also getting a lot of interest from Maryland. Maryland has told me that they are looking at me. They went to their head coach and said they like me and are still reviewing me. They want to just see what I can do the rest of the year."
This coming weekend, he plans to take his first visit.
"I am setting up a trip this Saturday," McCoy said. "I am going to Maryland."
McCoy said he is going to be accompanied on the visit by both of his parents. When he steps on campus, he just wants to learn everything he can about Randy Edsall's program.
"I just want to know what makes the Terps so good," McCoy said. "I also want to know about their art program. I want to know what they can offer me as a college student and a student-athlete."
At this time, McCoy claims no leader and said he intends to take his time, and numerous visits, to make a decision.
He has drawn interest from colleges to play defensive end or defensive tackle. He is also capable of contributing at offensive tackle or even tight end.