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Bishop McDevitt star is the real McCoy

October 20, 2005|by ANDY MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

The greatest high school football player I've ever seen has to be Bishop McDevitt's Ricky Watters, the former NFL and Notre Dame star running back.

I don't remember the score, although I know McDevitt won big. And I don't remember any specific plays, other than Watters running up and down the field all night long, scoring many times against the Chambersburg Trojans in a game in the mid-1980s.

Unfortunately, I'll never get the chance to see McDevitt's all-time greatest player - at least not playing for McDevitt.

Senior running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy suffered a broken ankle in McDevitt's fourth game of the season last month against neighborhood rival Harrisburg and is out for the year. He finished his prep career with an astounding 6,640 rushing yards and 75 touchdowns.

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McCoy - listed at 5-feet-11, 204 pounds with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash - is expected to make a quick and full recovery, but not before his team's final regular-season game Nov. 5 against Chambersburg.

I suppose that's good news for Trojans fans. However, considering many of those same fans also root for Penn State, they unfortunately will miss the chance to see the next great Nittany Lion - if they're fortunate.

McCoy - who still is ranked No. 7 by Rivals.com, the national football recruiting Web site, and No. 1 among all running backs in the country - has reportedly narrowed his list of schools to Southern Cal, Virginia Tech, Miami, Alabama, Tennessee and Penn State. After watching Penn State beat Ohio State from the Beaver Stadium sidelines Oct. 8, McCoy said in an interview with the Pittsburgh Sports Report that the Nittany Lions had gained a slight lead over his other pursuers.

He said his parents would like him to stay close to home and that he wants to play for a winner. Penn State sounds like a win-win situation for everyone involved to me.

While area Penn State fans now might have less of a reason to drive up to Harrisburg for next month's Chambersburg-McDevitt game, Terrapins fans might want to consider tagging along for the ride. McDevitt senior quarterback Jeremy Ricker, who's ranked No. 5 among all QBs nationwide by Rivals.com, has made a verbal commitment to Maryland.

Either way, much like that game I watched nearly 20 years ago as a kid, the Trojans look to be in trouble.




Andy Mason is assistant sports editor of The Morning Herald. His column appears every other Thursday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at andrewm@herald-mail.com

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