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Five-star Michigan QB commit J.J. McCarthy: ‘Never felt better’, staying focused in turbulent times

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Maize n Brew catches up with McCarthy.

This fall will be Michigan quarterback commit J.J. McCarthy’s senior season at Nazareth Academy (La Grange Park, IL). The 2021 recruit has been trying to prepare for his upcoming season during a time in which we’ve all been asked to stay at home in this country and use social distancing when we are around others.

“I’ve been good. Crazy world now. I am just trying to stay focused on my teammates and do as best as we can with offseason training,” McCarthy told Maize n Brew. “I am doing e-learning now with my school so that is an adjustment.”

McCarthy is still training with his quarterbacks coach and able to throw to a couple of wideouts, and his trainer gives him at-home workouts. “Private training with QB coach Greg Holcomb from Next Level Athletix. I get a couple receivers to come with. It’s hard to get a full group because of the social distancing,” McCarthy said. “I have my strength and conditioning trainer Mike Donato send me workouts that I can do at home. It’s a lot of mental focus right now.” McCarthy noted that Holcomb challenges him to make game-time throws, and doesn’t settle on an old-school approach to training him.

Mental focus is something McCarthy is trying to build upon during these turbulent times. “This is making me get creative with workouts and helping keep my guys focused,” McCarthy said. “It’s uncharted territory for all of us. I keep my mind right by listening to a lot of motivational guys like David Goggins and Kobe.”

McCarthy has upped his weight and is feeling quite good at the moment. “I feel amazing,” McCarthy said. “I’ve gained over fifteen pounds of good weight since the end of the season. I am 195 now, looking to play senior season around 200. Just a tick under 6-foot-3. Never felt better.”

Although no recruits will be visiting Ann Arbor anytime soon, McCarthy has kept in touch with Michigan coaches regularly. “I talk with the staff all the time. Mostly Coach McDaniels. I love all of them,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy said he’s always talking with recruits as well and wants to play “with guys who want to be great in life and for Michigan. Not just say it, but live it.”

Until regular team activities occur again, McCarthy will remain focused on improving mentally and physically. “I am obsessed with working to be great,” McCarthy said. “Never satisfied.”