Seffner (Fla.) Armwood offensive tackle Kevin McCoy has had Vanderbilt high atop his list for the past couple months, but he has yet to pull the trigger and commit to the Commodores. A major reason for that was an interest in Central Florida, who he took an official visit to see this past weekend.
"It was a really enjoyable weekend," McCoy said of his time at Central Florida. "I had a great time over there."
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive lineman was impressed by the way the Knights are a close, friendly group.
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"What stood out for me when I went there was seeing the coaches and players interact with one another," McCoy said. "What I noticed was a closeness about them. They are a tight group. That really stood out to me."
The three-star offensive tackle also liked his prospective head coach.
"I really liked Coach (George) O'Leary," McCoy said. "He was a really honest guy and he wasn't trying to lie to me to get me to come to the school. He told me that there are opportunities for me there and that they want me to come there. He was just being honest with me."
He wasn't the only one to enjoy the time in Orlando.
"It was just a really good weekend. I loved it and my parents loved it," McCoy said. "My parents really enjoyed the trip. My dad especially, he really liked Coach O'Leary. He told me that he would really like me to come to UCF."
McCoy entered the weekend with Vanderbilt clearly in the lead, but he said that the visit to UCF has pulled the Knights even. He is kind of disappointed that two weeks before needing to make his final decision that his future is once again unclear.
"It kind of stinks to be honest," McCoy said. "It has kind of put me back at the same point that I was before. UCF and Vanderbilt are now, again, at the exact same level. It is really hard for me to make this decision because both schools are pushing me really hard and they both really, really want me and I really, really, really like each school.
"I am looking for certain things in the school I am going to go to, and they both offer those things," McCoy added. "I think it is just going to come down to a gut feeling. It is going to be where I ultimately feel better about spending the next four or five years."
Vanderbilt will have their chance to win McCoy over, when he officially visits on January 27th. His final decision is likely to come on National Signing Day.