The Pittsburgh Steelers have a long and storied history with players from Kent State. Their first came in the 1968 NFL Draft when they selected defensive back Lou Harris. In 1974, they took the greatest Golden Flash of them all, Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert. Forty years later, they selected running back Dri Archer who lasted two seasons on the team.
Enter receiver Isaiah McCoy, a talented three-star prospect out of Norcross High School in Georgia known for his big-play receiving abilities. As a late academic qualifier, McCoy had originally committed to Ball State but decided a month later to flip his commitment to Kent State.
From his first year in a Golden Flash uniform, McCoy was an immediate contributor. In 11 games played in 2018, he registered 42 receptions for 423 yards and three touchdowns.
Against Ohio, he registered 118 receiving yards. As impressive he was in his freshman year, he took his play to another level in his sophomore year. In addition to leading the MAC conference in yards per reception (15.6), he led in touchdowns with eight. He registered three 100-yard-receiving games, with his best coming against the school he decommitted Ball State, when he accounted for 158 receiving yards and three touchdown. He would finish the year leading his team with 56 receptions for 872 yards.
2020 would be one met with disruption and confusion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with this, McCoy would play in four games, recording 100-yard-receiving games in three of them. He would finish with 445 receiving yards while averaging 18.2 yards per reception.
Before declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft, McCoy was on pace to surpassing his numbers from his sophomore yards. With this noted, many believe McCoy may have declared prematurely with the belief that his body of work would be more than enough to get drafted. Though this dream did not materialize as he would have wanted, he would sign as an undrafted free agent.
Considering the amount of talent on the Steelers receiving corps, McCoy is going to have to make an impression quickly if he looks to find a spot on the roster. With the size and speed to become a viable deep-threat receiver, this year's training camp may represent his best and only chance to prove that he belongs in the NFL.