November 1, 2011

McCray predicts crazy finish

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Among the slew of many top Ohio juniors in attendance for Ohio State's Saturday night win over Wisconsin was Trotwood (Ohio) Madison linebacker Mike McCray. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound prospect is arguably the top junior linebacker in Ohio in a class that looks to have some tremendous depth at the position. McCray says he had a great time in Columbus on Saturday night.

"I loved it," said McCray of his experience. "The game was really crazy and the atmosphere was crazy. I went to the Michigan State/Wisconsin game last week and when Wisconsin scored I told my girlfriend and my other friend that was with me at the game that Ohio State was going to pull a Michigan State and it happened."

McCray was able to speak with his main recruiter while he was on campus and got the word about where he stands on Ohio State's recruiting board.

"We talked to coach Taver Johnson, he recruits my area," he said. "He said that they really like me and that they were going to keep evaluating me."

McCray, who holds four offers at the moment, says that if Ohio State were to extend an offer that they would shoot up his list.

"They're very high on my list," McCray said. "If they offered they would probably be in my top two or three."

McCray checked out another Big Ten school last week as he was in East Lansing to see Michigan State win in similar fashion over Wisconsin. The Spartans haven't offered McCray but he maintains a high level of interest in their program.

"I loved it there," he said. "It was real exciting and if they would offer they would definitely be one of my top schools."

McCray and his Trotwood team finished the regular season 10-0 and sit atop the standings in Division II Region 8. McCray has been a big part of that success making huge, game changing plays at both linebacker and tight end.

"I've just been watching a lot of film," he said. "I watch film at home and before practice so that helps me on the field."

Many have tabbed Trotwood as the favorites to win the state championship this year after falling in the final a year ago. McCray and company know what it takes to get to Stark County.

"I think we need to keep working hard and work even harder than we have been," he said. "Really we just need to play the way we've been playing."

McCray is the No. 9 ranked player in the class of 2013 Ohio rankings.


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