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McCarthy admitted that Harbaugh's NFL background with the San Francisco 49ers, and Michigan's success getting players to the NFL were factors in his decision. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a notable Michigan alum. Michigan has had 21 players drafted over the last four years.
"A lot of that had to do with me going to Michigan," McCarthy said.
As a sophomore McCarthy threw for 3,088 yards at a completion rate of over 70 percent, with 35 touchdowns. Playing with a fractured thumb, he was 15-for-24 for 201 yards and a touchdown in a 31-10 win over St. Charles North in the Class 7A state championship game.
McCarthy has hardly rested on those laurels.
On Sundays during the offseason he comes into Nazareth, clipboard in hand, to review film with the offensive staff. He has a whiteboard in his own home to break things down.
"It's his desire to become better and not be satisfied that make him special," Racki said. "His maturity has always been beyond his years. He just enjoys the game and the intricacies of the game and breaking down what defenses are doing. Even a couple weeks ago, he was in and he wanted to show me a play in our playbook, and to tweak it. He has earned the right to give us that feedback. He has earned that ownership."