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McCray still looking around

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Rivals100 jumbo athlete D'Angelo McCray of Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson still considers him self a soft verbal commitment to the Florida Gators, but has plans to seriously check out some other programs before that commitment can be considered solid.
According to McCray, Illinois, Southern California, Notre Dame, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss and Florida State all are schools he is going to check out. He currently has the Illini, Trojans, Irish, Hurricanes and Gators in his top five.
"I'm just looking around right now," McCray said. "Those (five) are the schools my parents and I talked about."
Illinois is a team that has caught McCray's eye recently.
"They are up and coming and I know some people that are going there, also," he said.
Miami was an early favorite of McCray's. In fact, the Hurricanes offered him as a sophomore, but after the dismissal of several assistant coaches following the 2005 season, McCray became less interested in UM.
But thanks to the efforts of defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, the Canes have worked their way back into the picture.
"I was looking at their defensive line and I liked what I saw," McCray said. "I've been talking with their defensive line coach and their defensive coordinator and they are cool to talk with."
A third in-state program, Florida State, still is in the picture as well.
"I am going to take a visit there," McCray said. "I may also go to camp there. My coach said that would be a good experience for me."
The programs recruiting McCray are recruiting him to play a number of positions.
"Notre Dame really likes me at tight end," he said. "USC said they would decide when I got here, but I talk to both the defensive line coach and the tight ends coach."
In the fall, McCray is hoping to attend the Notre Dame-Southern California game on Nov. 25 in Los Angeles, the Virginia Tech-Miami game on Nov. 4 in Miami and the Alabama-Florida game on Sept. 30 in Gainesville.
McCray is the nation's No. 43 overall prospect and is rated as the nation's No. 4 strongside defensive end prospect.
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