At a press conference a short time ago, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney defensive back Dan McCarthy made his college decision public.
“I couldn't be more excited to announce that this next year coming up, I will be taking the field with my brother Kyle at the University of Notre Dame,” McCarthy said. “I feel this is where I belong and it is a great fit for me.”
McCarthy was one of the first Ohio prospects in this class to receive a scholarship offer as he was extended a scholarship by both Ohio State and Notre Dame early in his junior year. He will be joining his brother Kyle at Notre Dame, a defensive back who was also offered a scholarship by Ohio State but signed with the Irish in 2006.
Despite the presence of his brother, McCarthy said that through the 10 months of his recruiting process he explored all his options.
“From the beginning, I have been totally open-minded and tried to listen to what each coach had to say,” he said. “This made the decision very difficult.”
Mooney head coach P.J. Fecko said that the process was tough on the McCarthy family.
“It's been a long, drawn out process for them, a very grueling process,” he said. “Danny really thought this out all on his own and made the decision on what really was best for him.”
McCarthy spoke about when he informed the coaches of the Notre Dame staff.
“They are excited about this year's team and the recruiting class I will be joining, which is currently rated No. 1 in the country,” he said.
McCarthy said that visiting other schools and meeting with other staffs made the decision very tough. In addition to Notre Dame, McCarthy said Michigan, Ohio State and Stanford were all under strong consideration.
McCarthy said the Buckeyes were tough to turn down.
“It was tough,” he said. “They were right there. I could see myself there, but I could see myself at Notre Dame. It's the best place for me.”
McCarthy also spoke about informing Jim Tressel about his decision.
“It was difficult for me because he's a great guy and has a great program there, and I know he'll do a lot of great things,” he said.
McCarthy is rated as a top 10 prospect in the state of Ohio by Duane Long of Ohio High Magazine. He is a member of the ESPN.com Insider Top 150 Watch List.