The Michigan Wolverines have a freshman quarterback they consider is the whole package deal in J.J. McCarthy. He possesses the requisite arm expertise and management qualities to be a star on the subsequent degree. He has all the time had the skill-set to be a star, however a change he made earlier than his senior season of highschool ready him much more for the chance in Ann Arbor.
McCarthy transferred from Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, Illinois to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida forward of the 2020 soccer season. IMG is a sports activities academy and prep college that athletes from all around the nation switch into. The soccer expertise on the IMG roster is made up of elite prospects with supply sheets from faculty soccer powerhouses.
He feels it was a step ahead for his maturity as a participant and as a person.
“Enormous. Soccer facet, unbelievable,” he mentioned. “The terminology stepped up extremely for that senior yr going into faculty. Dwelling, too. My residing scenario was totally different. It was the primary time I used to be away from my household. Being from Illinois and going to Florida and spending 6-to-7 months there’s a lot totally different from Illinois to Ann Arbor. Having that distance the place I’ve to handle a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend and my dad and mom, was one thing I actually wanted.”
McCarthy helped lead IMG to an 8-0 report and its first nationwide championship in soccer. He was named Florida’s Excessive Faculty Participant of the 12 months and completed the season with 1,four hundred and forty yards and 16 passing touchdowns.
“It was a four-month psychological problem,” McCarthy mentioned in an interview with the Chicago Solar Occasions earlier this yr. “I really feel simply way more ready (for faculty). I actually gained an enormous perspective on soccer and life. It simply helped me within the developmental strategy of all the pieces I used to be going by means of.”
McCarthy brushed shoulders with lots of elite prospects throughout his time at IMG and was already somebody who had an affect for Michigan on the recruiting path. He has continued to place that hat on after arriving on campus.
“I’m all the time providing to assist any method I can in recruiting,” he mentioned. “I understand how a lot of a component that’s to a profitable soccer group. We want the proper guys in our program to win the video games that we have to win. At any time when they want me, I’m going to do no matter they ask and discuss to whoever I want to speak to and inform them straight up why they should come right here.
“It’s not too onerous to recruit Michigan. That is the place to be.”
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