St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs defensive end Albert McCoy traveled to Maryland this weekend to watch the Terps host Boston College. He enjoyed his time at the school.
"It was a good visit," McCoy said. "I got to visit the facilities and the campus, which I liked. I liked the players. I like the coaching staff. It was a warm welcome."
The visit provided McCoy with an understanding of everything that Maryland offers a student-athlete.
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"It is very football-oriented but I also feel like I could get a great education there in addition to football," McCoy said. "I liked the arts program they have to offer."
While Randy Edsall's team came up short on the field, McCoy enjoyed the action and saw promise for his future along the defensive line if he were to opt to attend Maryland.
"It was a hard fought game," McCoy said. "The defense came alive in the third and fourth quarter. They had some opportunities to win it."
"I feel like I could learn a lot from their older guys," McCoy said of the defensive line. "At the defensive tackle and defensive end position, I think I would have a chance to excel. I think I would have an opportunity to play as a true freshman."
The late emerging prospect holds offers from Ball State, Howard, and Kansas. He returned home without an offer from the Terps, but explained the reason why.
"They did not offer me," McCoy said. "They want me to get an MRI on my shoulder before we go any further in the process. They have some concerns about my shoulder and want to know a bit more about that situation before they offer me."
The concern with McCoy's shoulder is that he possibly suffered a torn labrum back in the spring during his team's spring game. While they were up-front about why they have yet to offer, it appears that Coach Edsall and his staff are hoping for good news with regards to medical results.
"They did tell me they liked me as a player and that I have a great attitude," McCoy said. "They said they need somebody like me who is enthused and loves the game of football. They hope everything goes well with my MRI so they can once again continue the process."
If an offer comes, McCoy appears to be ready to make a pledge.
"I most likely would want to commit to them but it depends on what other schools might offer," McCoy said. "I might go ahead and get some other visits in. I don't have any scheduled yet, but I know that (Gibbs) Coach Knox has told me some colleges want to set up visits with me."
Other schools showing interest in McCoy include Connecticut, Ohio, Purdue, and South Florida.