It's usually a near-impossible task trying to name a most valuable player in a weekend football marathon, one that featured six games, but this year the selection was fairly easy.
Cleveland St. Ignatius junior linebacker Scott McVey dominated the Ohio Division I state final and led his Wildcats to a 28-20 victory. For his efforts, McVey was easily named the MVP of the championship finals weekend by Scout.com.
McVey was simply unstoppable all night long, whether he was stopping the run, covering receivers, and especially in terrorizing Elder quarterback Mark Miller.
Unofficially, McVey was credited with 12 tackles, five sacks, and had a spectacular game-changing interception. For good measure, he also was the lead blocker on a goal-line touchdown run, and was a terror in special teams' play.
McVey, 6-foot-1 and 220-pounds, won the MVP award over two other junior stars, Cincinnati Anderson lineman Andrew Norwell and Youngstown Ursuline linebacker Jamel Turner.
McVey, an All-Ohio selection, showed a remarkable combination of power, athleticism, and flat-out great speed, in dominating the state championship game. To no surprise, McVey is an outstanding track athlete at St. Ignatius, where he shows off his speed.
His interception, early in the first half, was an amazing play, and only a player with superior athletic ability could have pulled it off. McVey dropped 15 yards into the secondary from his middle linebacker spot, turned his body at the last second, located the football, and made a leaping interception. It was the play of the game, possibly of the entire weekend, and McVey made it look easy. It was a play that an NFL defensive back would be proud of.
Surprisingly, McVey currently has no scholarship offers, and although he's still only a junior, it won't be surprising to see college recruiters flocking to St. Ignatius this week in droves.
In last year's finals' weekend, Cincinnati Anderson's Nick Truesdale started the weekend with no offers, but after a dominating performance, Truesdale was swarmed by college coaches the following week, eventually signing with Cincinnati. The same fate could, and should, be awaiting McVey.
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McVey is a versatile defensive player, and could project at several different positions as a college player.
Personally, I like McVey right where he plays in high school, as a middle linebacker. He should easily be able to add 20 pounds to his frame, and still retain his great speed. He could end up as a sideline-to-sideline Mike linebacker, much like current Ohio State superstar James Laurinaitis.
He could also play the Will linebacker spot, which could better utilize his uncanny ability to pressure the quarterback. McVey has the ability to split the double-team block, and it is just a mismatch to try and block him one-on-one, as top Ohio linemen Marcus Hall [Cleveland Glenville], and Matt James [Cincinnati St. Xavier] learned the hard way when McVey schooled both players this season. In the championship game, McVey went up against what is quite possibly the best offensive line in Ohio in Cincinnati Elder, but they also had no chance blocking him.
The interception also showed the ability to turn his hips, stick his plant foot in the ground, and change direction instantly. That ability could see McVey playing safety at the next level, and I wouldn't rule that out.
Not to be forgotten is the fact that McVey is a missile on special teams, and can be a situational blocker from the fullback position.
With as much pressure as McVey put on Elder quarterback Mark Miller, it was no surprise that McVey knocked Miller out of the game on the final drive, by delivering a vicious, but legal, hit.
We haven't finalized our rankings of the players in the 2010 class yet, but it's certain that Scott McVey will be ranked very high in what appears to be a very deep, and talented class.
If a college coach is looking for a talented, game-changing linebacker, there is one located at Cleveland St. Ignatius.