Michigan quarterback commit J.J. McCarthy says he grew up loving Ohio State Buckeyes football, but those feelings have evaporated.
Why? Aside from the obvious that the quarterback has now committed to playing for Ohio State's hated rival, McCarthy accused Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day of lying to him about Ohio State's recruiting plans at the quarterback position.
“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, according to SB Nation. “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.”
The quarterback added: “I get it’s a business, but it always sucks being lied to. 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."
McCarthy, who is ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2021 by 247Sports, took an unofficial visit to Ohio State on March 23.