Some things are just meant to be. In the Texas Longhorn's 2010 recruiting class, Graham quarterback Case McCoy fits the bill. The 6-2, 175 pound signal caller, the young brother of Heisman candidate and Texas record holder Colt McCoy has watched many games in Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium and it’s only fitting that the right-hander will don the Burnt Orange and White on the next level.
While some may wonder if McCoy is “good enough” to receive an offer from the Longhorns, his recruitment proves not only is he good enough, but is very likely one of top prospects in the state of Texas with nearly ten scholarship offers to date including the National Champion Florida Gators as Urban Meyer has been personally recruiting the talented junior.
“In the beginning, I wanted to blaze my own trail and make my own name. I could have played the fact that Colt is my brother as a good thing or a bad thing. I chose to play that card as a good thing,” Case McCoy explained.
“The whole world compares me to Colt. It has been like that since I first stepped on the field in seventh grade. I am prepared for those comparisons. I didn’t get offered because of Colt. Texas did not offer my middle brother,” McCoy said.
Throw in offers from Texas A&M, Florida State, Auburn, Arizona and Colorado State among others and it becomes quite clear McCoy is a coveted thrower of the football.
“As I visited other schools, I began to realize that I would not find a trust level like I have with the coaches at Texas. No one else can compare to that trust level. I have seen how these coaches treat their players,” McCoy continued.
McCoy, his mother and father traveled to Austin on Saturday afternoon and met with the Texas coaches and committed that evening. Before discussing the commitment with any media, McCoy thought it was important that he personally speak with several coaches with whom he had developed a very good relationship.
“I have developed personal relationships with (Florida coach) Urban Meyer and (Texas A&M coach) Mike Sherman and I wanted to talk to them about my decision to commit before they had to read it on the internet. It was hard to do, but I know I made the right decision. I needed to talk to them man to man,” McCoy said.
The commitment on Saturday allowed McCoy to enjoy his visit on Sunday and actually start recruiting for the Longhorns. In fact, he spent most of the day with Houston Second Baptist quarterback and Longhorn target, Connor Wood.
“I spent a lot of with Connor and his family on Sunday. Our families are very similar to each other. If Connor commits, we will compete and likely be real good friends. We already talk a lot,” said McCoy.
At the end of the recruiting process for McCoy, the draw to his dream school was too hard to pass up.
“Texas is my dream school. I have been going to games since seventh grade. The opportunity was too great to pass up. I knew as I visited other colleges, that nothing compared to Texas, and I knew I would regret it if I went somewhere else,” McCoy beamed.
McCoy burst onto the scene in the 3A ranks as a freshman playing for his father, Brad McCoy, at Graham. The then 6-1, 160-pounder started every game for a Steers team that went 7-6 advancing to the regional semifinals throwing for 2,201 yards and 16 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was awarded the 6-3A Newcomer of the Year.
McCoy followed his impressive freshman campaign with another productive season as a sophomore after sprouting to 6-2 and 165 pounds. The signal caller that can make a number of throws with release point changes on the move and under pressure, completed 135 of 229 passes (11 interceptions) for 2,008 yards and 22 scores on a 10-2 team. McCoy was tabbed 6-3A first team all-district following the season.
In 2008, McCoy was again tabbed first team all-district, but this time in 2-3A after the UIL redistricting in the offseason. The 6-2, 175 pound gun slinger again topped the 2,000 yard mark completing 168 of 285 passes (11 interceptions) for 2,226 yards and 17 touchdowns for a Graham team that finished the season 3-7.
McCoy will enter his senior season with 6,435 career passing yards and 55 touchdowns.
The multi-sport athlete is currently a key member of a Graham basketball team that appears to be headed for the playoffs.