YORK — Josh McCoy, whose pass-catching numbers contributed to the success of the York Comprehensive High School football program, has signed to play for The Citadel of the Southern Conference.
McCoy, the son of Paul and Wanda McCoy, made it official during a signing ceremony last week attended by friends, coaches, teammates and family in the YCHS media center.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” McCoy said of his commitment to the Charleston-based military school. “I have been recruited as a safety, but the coaches at The Citadel will take a look at my pass-catching.”
It would behoove The Citadel coaches to take a look at the Cougar standout’s pass-catching laurels. The glue-fingered wide receiver had more than his share of game-changing receptions when the Cougars needed it most, contributing to the team’s third straight 10-win season.
“I am confident I can make the adjustment to safety at the college level,” he said.
McCoy said playing for a successful program like York helped his chances of being recruited. “A lot of college coaches pay attention to the Cougar football program,” he said.
While McCoy feels good about his accomplishments on the gridiron, the Cougar stalwart is proud of the academic improvement he made to qualify for acceptance to The Citadel.
His greatest leap came in his SAT score, which shot up over 600 points in two years thanks to determination and an SAT prep course
His remarkable academic turnaround hasn’t gone unnoticed by Cougar football coach Bobby Carroll.
“In my 31 years of coaching high school football, Josh has worked harder than any player I’ve known to improve his academic standard,” said Carroll.
The Cougar standout also considered Western Carolina, Campbell, Newberry and Charleston Southern but his visit to The Citadel two weeks ago sealed his commitment. He met new head coach Mike Houston during the trip.
“I like him. He sounds like he knows what he’s doing. He’s the man with the plan,” McCoy said about his future coach.
Carroll said McCoy has a great work ethic and can play multiple positions, a trait the Citadel coaches picked up on. “Josh can position himself at the highest point to make the catch,” said Carroll. “He works hard in the weight room.”
McCoy’s advice to area youngsters aspiring to play high school football someday, with hopes of reaching the college level: “Keep your academics up in middle school and beyond, so you don’t have to catch up in the classroom.”
Carroll said he is elated with the number of Cougar football players signing on the dotted line to take their game to the next level.
“With Josh signing to play for The Citadel, the Cougar football program has sent 22 players to the next level in the last three years,” Carroll said.
Bret McCormick with The Herald contributed to this report.