Brookville High defensive end Zach McCray has kept LSU near the top of his list throughout his recruitment, citing the staff as one of the Bayou Bengals’ biggest selling points.
“The good relationship I have with those guys is the reason I like LSU so much,” he said. “Getting to know Coach [Brick] Haley has been really big.”
According to McCray, that relationship - built on both personality and coaching style - could be enough to pull him down to the bayou.
“Coach Haley is doing a great job selling the LSU program to me, that is for sure,” he said. “It is not a hard program to sell, but he does a great job either way. He gets me on a personal level, but can switch on football when necessary. He is an honesty guy, and that is what draws me to him.”
Set to take in Baton Rouge next weekend, the four-star prospect has run into visit problems once more.
“I was going to get down there, but I ended up qualifying for State in track,” McCray said. “I did not expect to win, because I did not see many 6-foot-4, 240-pound guys out there high jumping with me. I had a great time with it though, and our team won Regional.”
With a new visit date yet to be set, the nation’s No. 9-ranked defensive end said that the summer should hold plenty of thought on the college front.
“I am up to 16 or 17 offers,” he said. “I need to start thinking about narrowing it down and getting to know more about some schools. I would say LSU, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are my top four. They are hitting me pretty hard right now.
“I really don’t know any visit dates yet, but as for LSU – I want to get down sooner than later,” he added. “The interest is definitely there.”
After a junior season in which he totaled 81 tackles and 20 sacks en route to being named to the All-District, All-Region, and All-State teams, “interest” from the nation’s No. 50 overall prospect is all that the Tigers need to stay in the running, McCray said.
“I think LSU is in a great position considering that I am this interested and I barely know anything about the football side of things,” he said. “I can’t wait to get down to Baton Rouge and see the rest.”