Case McCoy was disappointed that he and the Graham Steers were unable to win the 2009 7-on-7 Division II state championship last weekend in College Station. But the Texas commit got over the loss pretty quick.
Immediately following Graham’s championship bracket semifinal loss to Celina, McCoy was solely focused on the positives of the event for himself and his teammates.
“All we are doing out here is preparing ourselves for the fall,” Case McCoy said. “Every play we run out here, were are going to run on Friday night. We’ve been throwing the ball around well but the main thing is preparing for the fall, that’s the only reason we are out here.”
McCoy is suffering from a case of tunnel vision, and in his crosshairs is a 2009 football season that could hold big things for Graham in McCoy’s final high school campaign.
The No. 48 overall prospect on the Inside Texas 2010 Top 100, McCoy has seen a lot of positive things happening for Graham this offseason in addition to the 7-on-7 success.
“Our offseason went great and that’s carried over into the summer,” McCoy said. “A lot of people have been showing up for summer workouts and those aren’t mandatory so we are seeing big things.”
The Steers are a preseason top 20 team in Class 3A but getting out of their own district and into the postseason is no guarantee. District foes Abilene Wylie, Sweetwater and Snyder all made the playoffs last year while Graham and Brownwood, with new head coach Bob Shipley, is expected to improve from a 3-7 mark last season.
The Graham-Brownwood game is sure to draw the attention of Texas fans for several reasons. The game will match Shipley coaching against Case’s father and his long time friend Brad McCoy as well as the individual showcase of Case McCoy and Brownwood’s Jaxon Shipley, who by their own accounts are just as close as their more famous fathers and older brothers.
McCoy said that in addition to the hard work that he and his teammates have put in this summer, getting the recruiting process out of the way with his February pledge to the Horns has helped him prepare for what lies ahead this fall.
“I’m glad that I’ve had the commitment out of the way and I can focus on my team,” McCoy said. “We are growing up a lot. Our offensive linemen are probably better than any of us out here. It’s going to be a tough district but whoever gets out of it is going to make a run for it.”
Regardless of what happens this fall, McCoy’s future is already set as a member of the Longhorns’ 2010 signing class. McCoy was one of all but two Texas commits to make to the June 7 mini camp in Austin and not only was McCoy impressed with the talent around him, but the visit was also the first time that the large number of commits had been in the same place at the same time since they committed four months prior, which provided for some good bonding between the commits. “I got to throw to a lot of good receivers and we have some good DB’s coming in,” said McCoy. “We had a little meeting afterward and got to meet each other and exchange phone numbers so we are all keeping in touch now.”
McCoy was also taken back by the fact that nearly all of the commits in attendance, many of whom he had not met before, knew who he was when he showed up at camp.
“All of them knew me,” McCoy said. “Everybody knew my name and I was trying to meet everyone.”
While other schools work to build the numbers of their 2010 classes, the Horns have had double digit commits for more than five months now and in case anyone needs to remember how talented the class is, McCoy offers his take on the collection of talent.
“Our class is very loaded and very talented,” McCoy said. “There isn’t anyone in that class that shouldn’t be there. They’re all studs.”