In the May edition of Ohio High magazine, we counted down the top 112 prospects in Ohio high school football for the Class of 2008. These are players who will be seniors in the upcoming school year.
We continue the top-10 countdown today with No. 6, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney QB/DB Danny McCarthy.
We will provide an updated top 30 in the July issue, which is due out by July 1.
Then, we will have a completely revamped top 100 (or top 112 if warranted) with bios, summer camp performances, offers, verbals and more in the September issue, which is due out by Sept. 1.
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Here is a look at No. 6, Dan McCarthy:
6. ***** Dan McCarthy (6-1, 190, S; Youngstown Cardinal Mooney)
I had not seen McCarthy since his sophomore year when I was told about offers from Ohio State and Notre Dame about midseason. Surprised was a better word than shocked. Not that he was offered but that he was offered this early by two of the Midwest’s Big Four.
I think about dominating players when I think about early offers. I saw McCarthy for the first time as a junior a few weeks later. I can see why these powers came in with offers. He went from a possible Big Four player to a bona fide national level player. He was really something. He is bigger and can he ever move. He reads the game well and attacks with abandon. He runs like a back and hits like a linebacker.
McCarthy helped lead Mooney to a 14-0 record and the Division IV state championship. In the state title game win, McCarthy rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on offense and recovered a fumble on defense.
As a junior, he rushed for 1,921 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also throwing for 780 yards and eight touchdowns. McCarthy doubles as the free safety and averaged eight tackles per game to go with two interceptions.
Fans like to get a comparison out of me with a player they are more familiar with. I could not come up with a name until I saw him on offense. He is a left handed quarterback on offense. Watching him play there is what gave me a name. He bears a great resemblance to former Buckeye quarterback Steve Bellisari, who would have been an NFL safety if he had been able to make the move and also stayed healthy.
Unlike Bellisari, McCarthy sees himself as a safety at the next level. Because his brother is at Notre Dame and his Catholic school background everyone assumes he will accept the Notre Dame offer but there is a lot of buzz that this McCarthy may choose to make his own mark and that Ohio State is the school to beat. Wherever he chooses to go, that school will be getting one of the nations top safety prospects.
Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, LSU, Michigan, Stanford are among McCarthy’s scholarship offers. He made a recent unofficial visit to Stanford.
Here is a look at the previous installments in this series:
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