“There’s a few factors that played into it,” said Scott Abell, head coach at Amherst High School, said of Derrick McCoy’s commitment. “Tech’s been involved with Derrick since [his] freshman year. We go to the team camp every year. Being fairly close, Tech’s had their eye on him, and he’s close to their program. We’ve had some other guys from Amherst that have come through and been successful over the years and I think that may have played a factor.”
Abell continued talking about his top receiver and top 2008 prospect. “He’s such a powerful young man,” Abell said. “6’3, almost 6’4, 210 and a 4.55 guy. He’s very explosive and dynamic for high school football, just like you would expect for someone going to Virginia Tech. He can go and get up over smaller defensive backs. There are games he takes over both sides of the ball and that’s why he’s heading to Virginia Tech.”
Although recruited as a wide receiver, Coach Abell notes that McCoy could play a variety of positions at Virginia Tech. “Probably wide receiver in college, though really, Tech sees him as a guy who can do either/or. He can play on the other side of the ball and I think that’s another attractive thing with [McCoy.] He could probably play whip or rover there also.”
Prior to committing to Virginia Tech, McCoy had yet to receive offers from other schools. They were not far away, however. “At this point, Tech was the only one that offered,” Abell noted. “I think within the next month, he would see a ton. Florida liked him and wanted to see more tape on him. UVa was the same way. To be honest, he was prob the most important and highly recruited player I’ve ever had here. Nebraska, Notre Dame, Florida and of course all the locals like Maryland. He gets lots of letters from everyone.”
McCoy, who will likely attend Tech’s one-day senior camp, ended up with 29 catches for almost 900 yards, just over 30-yards per catch for a run oriented attack at Amherst. He also amounted 78 tackles, 7 sacks, and 2 interceptions including one for a touchdown in leading Amherst to a state championship in 2006.