- Ada, Oklahoma


February 7, 2014

Giant recruiting coup for ECU


Ada —

“God makes very few people like this,” he says as he leads a reporter to a laptop on his desk. “I’m just glad to have a chance to coach one of them.”

Kevin’s teammates back in California call this guy “Green Mile.” Movie buffs will remember that  last walk on death row for doomed murderers.

“Watch No. 74,” McCarty says, trying not to giggle while watching for the viewer’s facial expression to change a second later.

Remember the movie, “The Blind Side”? Now, you’re starting to get the picture. There Kevin, or Green Mile, is towering over his opponents as if he’s making flapjacks one play at a time.

 Running backs behind him look like they’re trying to win the 100 meter dash on the way to the goal line.

Off season optimist’s optimism?  Sure it is, but East Central University isn’t about to lose a football game for at least the next seven months.

How did little ol’ East Central wind up with this guy?

“He’s a no-nonsense type of person,” McCarty says. “A player has to consider a lot of things when picking a college. Part of it is emotional, and part of it is having a good head for business — what can this school offer him. He doesn’t like a lot of coaches in his face all the time telling him how good he is, or bothering his mom on the telephone.”

Kevin has his mind set on being a computer programmer. He’s within two years of reaching that goal. He may want to set some other goals if he’s as good as advertised.

Making Saturday afternoon pancakes is a means to a promising end, regardless.

McCarty gives assistants Josh Phillips and Chad Roark much of the credit for recruiting this fella to Ada.

Those same coaches intend to give him all the help they can with what looks like a high-quality recruiting class — at least on a cold February day.

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