Michigan landed a huge commitment in May when 5-star quarterback J.J. McCarthy chose U-M.
A month removed from the announcement, Maize n Brew caught up with the 6-2 180 pound QB out of La Grange Park, Illinois (Nazareth Academy), who detailed his most recent camp visit to Michigan and his plans this summer.
Part of McCarthy’s camp experience was of the learning variety, as Michigan quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels dialed up drills that McCarthy hasn’t done before. “The environment was very organized. Also, every drill that I did with coach McDaniels was something that I’ve never done before so I was able to take some of those drills back to my high school,” McCarthy said. “The drills I did were drills that made the uncomfortable comfortable. Throwing with your lower half eliminated because you’re running over bags type drills.”
McCarthy is getting more familiar with the Michigan coaching staff, and he’s also becoming an asset recruiting players to come to Michigan. You can catch on Twitter encouraging other top prospects to come play for U-M daily.
“I really want to just get to know these guys and talk to them about Michigan and the coaches. In the end, it’s whatever school feels comfortable for them,” McCarthy said. “Michigan is such a special place. I just want them to know how I felt while making my decision.”
McCarthy wants his class at Michigan to be a force to be reckoned with. “I want to do my part in helping recruit the best guys to Michigan. I want our class to be elite,” McCarthy said. “Really want to play with a lot of kids in college. But the type of kid I want to play with in college is a kid who works his butt off, talented, and a great human being.”
McCarthy has a busy summer ahead, with an unofficial visit to Michigan coming up next week, along with the Rivals 5 Star Challenge on June 24-26 in Atlanta. Once those trips are up, along with a family vacation to California, McCarthy said he will be focusing on his team and getting ready for the season, a season he’s amped to get going.
“I am really excited for this season. It can’t get here soon enough. “I expect our team to get better every week and hopefully peak at Week 14,” McCarthy said. “I just want to continue to be the best version of myself and keep the team motivated every week to play our best. The only goals I have are team goals. I will run through a wall for my guys.”
Despite McCarthy’s busy schedule, he will be headed to Michigan during the 2019 season to watch his future squad play. “I will definitely be back in the fall for some games,” McCarthy said. “I’ve never been to a game at the Big House. I cannot wait!”