Monday, October 5, 2009

Best Of Extra: Prep football players catch passes, attention

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Justin McCay
  • Justin McCay

College football coaches and Pitch readers agree: There is some skill at the wide receiver position at area high schools.

Justin McCay of Bishop Miege and Keeston Terry of Blue Springs tied in the readers' vote for Best High-School Athlete. McCay, a 6-foot-3 senior, has committed to play at the University of Oklahoma. Terry is headed to the University of Kansas.

As a junior, McCay attracted the notice of college scouts by scoring touchdowns by a variety of means -- receiving, rushing, returning kicks. The scouting service Scouts Inc. says the tall and sturdy McCay is "one of the most physically imposing wide receiver prospects in this class." McCay's strength is such that he also plays linebacker for the fighting Grunhards.

Terry is the son of former Chiefs safety Doug Terry.

When he arrives in Lawrence next fall, the 6-foot-1 senior will follow in his father's footsteps. Doug Terry played at KU in the early '90s.

Terry's coach at Blue Springs, Kelly Donohoe, played at Kansas at the same time as Doug Terry. "He's been a very special player in our program," Donohoe says of the younger Terry. "He's one of the best we've had at Blue Springs."

Donohoe says Terry is a smart player who knows how to use his body to beat defenders to the ball. He also brings intangibles. "He's just been one of those kids who has that 'it,'" Donohoe says.

An All-Metro performer in 2008, Terry made a verbal commitment to play at Nebraska before changing his mind and deciding to attend KU.

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