A Michigan commit said the reason he didn’t go with his childhood team, Ohio State, is because the football coaches “lied to my face.”
Quarterback J.J. McCarthy, who is part of the Wolverines’ class of 2021, said coach Ryan Day told him of Ohio State’s plans for quarterback, only to not follow through on those plans.
“Coach Day told me he wasn’t going to take (a 2021 quarterback) until the end of summer or anything like that because he wanted to make sure everything was all good, so I didn’t really worry about all that during my visit,” McCarthy told The Athletic. “But I didn’t get that feeling when I was there. I really didn’t, with all the coaches there and how they interacted with us, I didn’t feel the big family tradition part of it. It was either you’re good at football or you’re over here. That’s what I felt.”
According to 247Sports, McCarthy is ranked the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2021 class. However, shortly after McCarthy visited the Buckeyes in March, the team got a commitment from Kyle McCord, the No. 8 quarterback prospect for that class. Once McCarthy heard that news, he switched his commitment to Jim Harbaugh and Michigan in May.
“I get it’s a business, but it always sucks being lied to,” McCarthy said. “And that’s kind of where the rivalry started for me. And the hatred. But what are you going to do? It’s a business and they have to do what they have to do. They lied to my face, but it’s all good now.”
Now McCarthy said he has revenge on his mind and is ready to “kill” Ohio State when he gets to Michigan in two years.
“I used to love them, now I want to kill them,” he said.
McCarthy’s comments prompted tweets from Buckeyes linebacker Teradja Mitchell, as well as five-star commit Paris Johnson Jr.
Why TUN recruits so hostile 🤣
– Teradja Mitchell (@7eradja) May 22, 2019
“Why TUN (team up north) recruits so hostile?” Mitchell posted.
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