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McCartney: "I can't wait until Wednesday"

Miramar High receiver Ivan McCartney has been hiding out since his trip to the University of Miami this past weekend, trying to avoid the pressure and the questions from people who want to know if he's decided between the team he grew up rooting for (Miami), the team with his former teammates (West Virginia) and the program he said he had secretly chosen (Florida) early in the recruiting process.

So which one will it be? "I don't even know yet," McCartney said. "The trip to UM definitely made it hard for me. It was awesome."

Ivan McCartney McCartney, a 6-3, 185-pound U.S. Army All-American, said he spent his two days hanging out with host and potential future quarterback Jacory Harris. "We started cooking from the moment we were in each other's presence," McCartney said. "He's real down to earth. We went to the Grove, walked the strip, ate a lot, the usual. We hung out with the players, played games. You can tell the University of Miami is just a big family."

Still, he left without making a commitment, rather a promise to coach Randy Shannon he would make a sound choice. "He said no matter where I go, he'll be happy for me," McCartney said. "He said just make sure wherever I chose to go make sure that's where I want to go, that it's the place for me. Coach Shannon is real cool like that."

McCartney said any rumors of him having picked a school already are false. He said people saying he'd choose West Virginia because of his academic situation "don't know what they are talking about."

"As far as I know, you need the same ACT or SAT score to get into Miami as you do as West Virginia. I think you need an 18," said McCartney, who has raised his GPA from a 2.1 to a 2.7 and scored a 15 on the ACT exam. "Regardless of which school I pick, I know I have more work to do in the class room. This decision will be based on the best fit for me."

So what are his family members and friends saying is the best fit? According to McCartney, his teammates would love for him to pick West Virginia, but are not pressuring him at all. And his mom, who would like for him to stay home, has told him the same.

"Believe it or not, Gino [West Virginia quarterback Eugene Smith] tell me to pick the best school for me," McCartney said. "My mom told me as long as I'm comfortable and able to do something after football with a degree, she's fine with wherever I go."

McCartney said that choice would have been the Gators at the start of the season. Florida's need for receivers and its rich recent history were attractive early on. But he said the way Miami and West Virginia have come at him this year have made it "a three horse race."

"To be honest, in the beginning of the football season Florida was the school I was going to go to," McCartney said. "But I kept it quiet. There's something about Florida I don't feel for the other schools, a very strong, loving feeling. The atmosphere is wild. The campus is outrageous. They have swagger. A lot of people thought Florida was going to drop when Billy Gonzalez, who recruited me, left. But I learned early on you can't go to a school off coaches. Any coach can leave at any given time. You success depends on how you work as a player. Florida is an awesome place with whoever is coaching there."

As for West Virginia, where former Miramar quarterback Eugene Smith is waiting to throw him passes, McCartney said he believes its only a matter of time before the Mountaineers win a national title. "They lack receiver depth, which is huge for me," McCartney said. "The coaches are very down to earth and cool. They have a family over there, just like Miami. One thing I noticed, though, is they lack the swagger. If I go up to West Virginia, I'd love to bring some of the swagger up there. Because to me, they have a chance to go to the national championship soon. With Eugene, Noel [Devine], they have a chance to do big things."

The Hurricanes, he feels, are also close to winning a national title. And if he had to sit out a season, redshirt and learn on the scout team, he said he'd have no problem with that. "There's nothing left to say about Miami, really," McCartney said. "It's The U. Miami is just a home away from home. Players are cool. Coaches are cool. Of all the schools I've visited, they are the most close in a family way. And nothing makes you feel better than a family."

McCartney will announce his decision Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. "I'm going to do it real big, maybe bring in 10 hats to confuse people," McCartney said. "Honestly, I just can't wait until Wednesday."

ANOTHER RECRUITING TIDBIT...

> UM lost out on defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker from Warner Robins, Ga. on Monday. The 6-3, 295-pound defensive tackle picked Auburn over Georgia and the Canes. 

Word is UM feels better about its chances with Virginia prep school defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, who will announce his college choice on CBS College Sports Network Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.

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I don't like what I hear. We'll be fortunate to have one of this past weekends visitors sign. They all say they loved the visit but head elsewhere. What does that tell you? Go Canes!

NUMBERJUANPHINSFAN, i dont mind what you post, just dont do it in all-caps. its really agitating on the eyes man.

on another note, give shannon the benefit of the doubt til after this upcoming season. i hate mediocrity too but give the guy a chance at least to prove himself before you advocate something like fireshannon.com. he inherited a complete disaster from coker. and he's done a good job cleaning up the program. we'll find out this year if he can take us to the elite level again. ease up a little and be patient.

BE A CANE !

Ivan, come to Florida. You will have a great career here. You will not be red-shirted or buried on the depth chart for 3 years here. We have a long history of putting wide receiver's in the 1st round.

Sounds like he's going to UF...anyway good job taking a shot at getting him.

Florida must be a great party atmosphere.

All I can say is:

VERY DISAPPOINTING.

I really don't understand the denial that the Canes fans have. This is a mediocre recruiting class, nothing more maybe less.

Wake up folks, how's all this Hope and Change worked out for ya over the past 7 years. Taking 2 star players has resulted in UM being a bottom 25 team at best and looks to continue for quite some time.

I moved to DC from Miami about 8 month's ago for work and let me tell you... It is COLD and SNOWY as hell up here!!

I know West Virginia is different, but it is very close to DC and at a significantly higher elevation, so it is even colder... Pack warm Ivan and remember that layers are key when living in bitterly cold environments like WV...

South Beach vs Morgantown...hmmm?
NFL(UM) vs CFL(WV)... hmmm?

It doesn't sound like a tough decision to me!

Good luck regardless Ivan.

I just had a thought...How many of these kids that have not committed are keeping silent becasuse a sports network has contacted them to be onb their recruitment show. If everyone committed early there would be no one for the show. Pay the family an amount of $ for appearence on the show. Bring as many clues as you want just to add to the excitement. IT IS A POSSIBILITY... I also think that the kids that let a college hand in the balance of which school will be their choice is doing an injustice to everyone involved. The schools feel duped. The networks will get their show and all important ratings. But the FANS you and I hang in space. We want the best players to come to our schools and we the fans are played like fiddles. I'm going....no I've changed my mind.....no really I ant to go there....BUT!!! I will wait to tell everyone on Wed. I for one have given up. This is the third year in a row that we have waited in the wings for that one special player to make up his mind, only to be persuded to go somewhere else. Life long fans of the U they for one reason or another wait till the last minute to decide to go to another choice. Next year I will wait till after the signing day and if a kid has committed early I WONT AND DONT CARE. As for the players that have already pledged their honor for 2011. I say THERE IS NOTHING SET IN STONE TILL THAT SIGNING DAY AND AS FAR AS I'm concerned you are not officially a HURICANE till you sign on the dotted line. Thanks

Please go be fans of some other team. And if you're not a fan of THE U then why on earth are you even here? Don't you have better things to do like get a life?

GO CANES!!'

Arthur Brown leaves the U...Disappointed that he couldn't make it here..Wasn't given much of chance to play though so i guess u can say this is not a suprise.

"Ivan, come to Florida. You will have a great career here. You will not be red-shirted or buried on the depth chart for 3 years here. We have a long history of putting wide receiver's in the 1st round."

Terrible point, 3 years and out I guess is good. I think Harvin may be the first to have a legitimate star but those other guys straight garbage

I guess numberonephinfan or fagfan is thinking somebody cares about his rants. I would recommend you leave the Jack Daniels alone bud and get your head out your arse!!!!!

NUMBERJUANPHINSFAN or FAGFAN is a cover for his true team the Gaytors... You can't blame he/she for posting here, lord knowns there is nothing going on in Gaysville.... By the way, did the Gaytors win the NC this year with that #1 class they've had for the past 4 years?????? Hey FAGFAN, can you help us out??? Sorry he's bending over right now.

lolllllllllllllllll, "IT'S ONLY A GAME",lmaoooooooo, did i hurt your feelings??lmaoo,rofllllll, hahahahhahaha, lollllllll......you obviously read my rants dumb,dumb,lollll hey great post, i needed a good laugh, wow what an imbecil, lmaooooooo...barrel rolling lmao@you haahaha....

I guess Randy is going to have to start lying to the recruits: 'Sure, you won't have to compete, you'll start right away', 'You're talent will get you by, you won't have to work too hard', 'There are no rules for football players, you can do whatever you want. Discipline Shmiscipline', 'Your grades will get you in', 'The entire coaching staff will be here for at least your 3 or 4 years. No one will leave until you go to the league'. Or maybe he needs to start paying them. Who cares about setting a foundation and building a winner, the right way. Some of you people are an absolute joke.

Then maybe we'll end up with sanctions and tons of arrest and be just like Tennessee, USC, UF, FSU, and **voila** like the UM teams of the mid 90's, and set the program back another 10 years before be consistent winners.

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