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McCoy returns from football break, becomes MVP

A'marion McCoy (left) was the Defensive MVP at the first RVC Showcase. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo
A'marion McCoy (left) was the Defensive MVP at the first RVC Showcase. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

When Menlo-Atherton senior defensive back A’marion McCoy was away from football, those around him still saw something in him.

“They were like, ‘You could be great. You could be good.’ So I just came back and tested it out, and here I am,” McCoy said.

McCoy opted to come back for his final high school campaign, and his success if living up to their words. 

At the first-ever Routes vs. Coverage Showcase on Saturday, McCoy’s presence in the secondary was felt all day long during the 7-on-7 tournament. He was breaking up nearly every pass thrown his direction and providing lockdown coverage in his team’s, Bag Talk, road to an undefeated 5-0 record and the championship trophy.

For his efforts, McCoy was awarded the Defensive MVP award – one of two MVP award winners next to top 100 2023 recruit Jurrion Dickey, who was named the Offensive MVP.

“It’s an honor first off. It’s an honor to be an MVP anywhere, any showcase we go to,” McCoy said. “It’s good. I think I played well today. I’ve been working out a lot, working out with my coach Shaq, Mr. Eric Washington. All the workouts he’s putting together, it’s helping me a lot in different ways, in ways on the field and off the field, so they’re helping me all together. It was great to be out here.”

Over the offseason, McCoy went back to his roots in football.

He started with the fundamentals, understanding that that is the most important aspect, particularly following a two-year hiatus from the gridiron. And he’s been working on his footwork and adding weight.

“It shows that I can be bigger than what I am right now,” McCoy said. “It shows that I can go higher and achieve more than where I’m at right now. If I trust the process, I’ll be up next.”

No schools have reached out, but McCoy knows that everything else will work itself out with more strong efforts like he put forth Saturday and with a successful campaign for his Menlo-Atherton squad.

“Win, win as many games as we can, put the team first,” McCoy said. “Mine’s will come later. I’m worried about the team first, going undefeated, then winning CCS if we have a season.”

All he is going to do is continue utilizing these extra three months of the offseason to his advantage after the season was pushed back to January. He understands there is a lot more work to be done.

And he’s going to make the most of every opportunity thrown his way.

“Keep working, keep putting in the work, keep going to showcases, keep showing out,” McCoy said. “I might get some exposure if I keep doing what I’m doing now.”

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