Justin McCay showing his talent in spring football

Receiver Justin McCay, who was the Sooners' top signee last year according to Rivals, redshirted last season. But he is starting to show what he can do and could make an impact in the fall.
By Jake Trotter Published: April 3, 2011

NORMAN — The top prospect according to Rivals signed by Oklahoma last year wasn't Kenny Stills.

Wasn't Roy Finch.

Wasn't Tony Jefferson, either.

The No. 1 recruit in the class was Shawnee, Kan., athlete/wideout Justin McCay. Yet unlike Stills, Finch, Jefferson and almost a dozen other freshmen, McCay didn't step on the field last season. Instead, he redshirted.

But even though he's needed time to refine his receiving skills and increase his confidence, McCay remains loaded with talent, which he's begun to flash this spring. Suggesting it's only a matter of time before the 6-foot-2, 210-pound McCay becomes a factor in the Sooner offense.

“He came in rawer and a little less polished as a wideout,” said co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Jay Norvell. “But he's really strong and fast and productive.

“And he's really starting to get a feel.”

The Sooners weren't the only ones who saw potential in McCay, who as a two-way star spearheaded Bishop Miege to a state championship his senior season. McCay considered offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and Oregon before inking with OU.

“(We really liked) his size, his athletic ability, his strength. He's a natural athlete that runs really well,” Norvell said.

With Stills (hamstring) and Trey Franks (foot) battling nagging injuries, Dejuan Miller still easing his way back from knee surgery and Ryan Broyles only playing in spots, McCay has been getting a ton of work with the first-team offense this spring.

“Now for him it's just about playing with a sense of urgency and a sense of confidence,” Norvell said. “He's getting a lot of practice time in and he's going to gain a lot of experience from that to play with confidence.

“Kenny was here last spring and made a couple of plays and gained some confidence off of that. McCay should start feeling more confident just by being in our offense and being in our system and start playing up to that size and ability ... and that is what we are kind of starting to see.”

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