Since coaches were permitted to start making phone calls again on Monday, it’s been a little hectic around the home Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast standout Mike McIntosh.
The four-star wide receiver, ranked No. 13 at his position in the nation by Rivals.com, has spoken with more than a dozen coaches the last two days.
“It’s been crazy. I’ve been on the phone a whole lot,” he said with a laugh as the phone rang again in the background. “I’ve heard from LSU, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina, UCF, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Michigan and a couple of others.”
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Anything interesting materialize from those conversations?
“Well, all of them have already offered, so I knew that,” McIntosh said. “But the main thing that most of them talked about was playing time and how I would fit into their program. That was the big question I had. I want to go somewhere I can get on the field and play as freshman.
“All of them except for Tennessee said I would come in and play right away for them. Coach Fulmer and coach Stephens from Tennessee said I’d have a chance to compete for a job, but they didn’t come right out and say it like the others did.”
McIntosh (6-2, 180, 4.4) said he heard from several head coaches in addition to the Vols’ chief. That list included John Bunting from North Carolina, Tommy Tuberville from Auburn and Lloyd Carr from Michigan.
“It’s cool to have the head coach call you,” he said. “That shows me how much they’re interested in me.”
McIntosh had previous listed Auburn and Clemson as his co-leaders. He said those two schools remain high in his mind, but they have more company now.
“I think it’s more like a top five, maybe even a couple of others, right now,” he said. “I also like Miami and Florida a lot. They’re coming on real strong, showing more interest. The wide receiver coach from Florida was real nice when we talked on Monday. He said I’d really fit into their passing offense, that I would have a lot of fun playing there. LSU is probably in there, too.”
McIntosh said those five schools would be favored for official visits, but “I’m still open to others.” The only two he’s certain he’ll visit are Auburn and Miami.
As expected, he’s been invited to numerous games this season for unofficial visits. He plans to attend the Miami-Florida and Florida State-Miami games.
As a junior, McIntosh had 650 yards and 10 toucdhowns receiving while rushing for 400 yards and five scores.