Bishop Kelly senior Cody McCarthy has verbally committed to play football for the reigning FCS national champion Eastern Washington Eagles.
McCarthy, the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year and 4A All-Idaho Player of the Year, announced his decision Monday afternoon on his Facebook page. He considered walking on at Boise State and turned down offers from Army, Idaho and Idaho State.
"It's a place where I can step in and make a difference right away, play early, for a good team," McCarthy said. "They had what I wanted to do in school, physical therapy, and I really liked it up there. It's the right place for me."
McCarthy said he was recruited to play linebacker and some fullback at Eastern Washington, just like he did at BK.
The 6-foot-1, 226-pounder led the Knights to a 12-0 record during his senior season, which was capped by a 41-28 victory against Blackfoot in the 4A state final at Bronco Stadium on Nov. 20.
The two-time 4A Southern Idaho Conference defensive player of the year finished his senior season with 177 total tackles — including 10 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss. McCarthy also forced nine fumbles and intercepted four passes, rushed for 603 yards and seven touchdowns on 93 carries and caught 11 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns.
"It's a good feeling having this decision behind me," McCarthy said. "It's kind of sad, because it's all over, but now I can move on."
Eastern Washington defeated Delaware 20-19 in the FCS national championship game on Jan. 7.
McCarthy will sign a national letter of intent Wednesday.