Player Primer: Gavin McCabe
With multiple FBS offers, Marist’s 2018 DE Gavin McCabe posseses a great combination of size and quickness for a DE. We discussed his most recent FBS offers, other schools showing serious interest in him and how he leads by example.
You can find Gavin on Twitter @gavin_mccabe.
Wt: 255 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: Now that your season is over it’s already time to get ready for next season. What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason?
GM: We are currently working out 3 days a week at school, but I also work out at least 2 additional days on my own. I am also looking into working on my speed and agility. I have a couple of trainers and programs that I am looking at. I hope to start that program up in the spring.
LPI: You currently have FBS offers from Syracuse, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Bowling Green to name a few. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
GM: I feel like I have the speed, size and strength to play at the next level. What I hope sets me apart is my willingness to play every second of every snap. I feel like the best compliment I get from coaches is that I am a “High Motor” player. I take it as another way of saying that I work hard to be a part of every play.
LPI: Besides the schools that has offered you, which schools have shown serious interest in you?
GM: I have had in-person contact with: Indiana University, Boston College, Miami University, University of Illinois, Western Michigan, Yale, Dartmouth, University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas, Kansas State, University of Iowa.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or college camps coming up?
GM: I had taken Game visits to Kansas State, Michigan State, and Iowa State. I have also been out to visit the University of Illinois for a basketball game and hope to get out to Miami University for their junior day this coming week. As far as future visits and summer camps, I’m not sure. It will mostly depend scheduling and on the mutual interest between myself and the school.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership?
GM: Off the field I want to make sure that I am the teammate that other players look up to. I don’t just want to raise the bar for myself; I want to help others reach that bar after it’s been raised. On the field, I want to be the teammate that, again, leads by example and plays every snap to the whistle. I also want my teammates to know that they are on the field because they earned it and that a dominant defense is the result of 11 playing as 1.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
Danny Meehan: Danny has a great work ethic on/off the field and in the classroom. He has a quickness at linebacker that allows him to come up and stop the run and also drop into coverage. He also has a high football IQ.
Mike Lawlor: Mike has a great work ethic on/off the field and in the classroom. At defensive back, Mike can cover the pass as well as he can support the run. He is an explosive tackler and has a sixth sense for the ball in coverage. In addition to his work at DB Mike was also an all ESCC punter for Marist.
Tom Greene: Tom has a great work ethic on/off the field and in the classroom. At Offensive tackle, Tom has good footwork and a good first step (very athletic). Although Tom is on the offensive line, he could play on either side of the ball and be a difference maker. Tom is also a varsity lacrosse player at Marist.
Delonte Harrell: Delonte has a great work ethic on/off the field and in the classroom. As a running back, Delonte has the unique ability to hit the hole fast and hard. He gets to the second level very quickly, allowing him to break a lot of long runs. Additionally, Delonte is a great receiver both by alignment and out of the backfield.