I have to admit that Scout.com's Larry Blustein (http://hsflorida.scout.com/) had Colin McCarthy pegged back in the spring. Right before the Scout.com combine at USF back in early May he pointed McCarthy out to me and said "he will be the star of this combine and he is also the most underrated player in the state of Florida."
Well, Blustein was right on both accounts and that's why he is the best when it comes to covering kids in the state of Florida. That day McCarthy did everything and showed us at Scout.com that he is one of the better players from the talent rich Sunshine State.
Later that month he had a dominating spring game performance against Clearwater (Fla.) High School. In that game he had two TD receptions and was a force on defense with a few sacks, an interception and tackles all over the field in only three quarters of play.
McCarthy, 6-3 and 215 pounds, plays both tight end and linebacker. He is an instinctive prospect that fights off blocks well and gets to the ball carrier. And once he gets there he comes with lots of authority and loves the big hit. He has good speed and shows good range. McCarthy can also rush the passer and drop into coverage. Offensively, he blocks well for being a bit undersized for a tight end. McCarthy has soft hands and catches everything in sight.
Below are some highlights of his spring game between Clearwater Central Catholic and Clearwater.
Spring Game Video Watch Video
McCarthy finished the season with 163 total tackles on defense (118 solo and 45 assists), including 13 for a loss. He added four sacks, five interceptions, two caused fumbles, and one defensive touchdown. While playing wide receiver, he hauled in 32 passes for 595 yards and eight scores. He was a first team All-State pick after the season. He also averages 15 points in basketball.
Miami and Penn State have offered McCarthy.