Harmony two-way standout Tim McCoy had a few options to choose from, but ultimately went with the school that kept him close to home, among other reasons.

McCoy committed to the University of the Incarnate Word on Monday evening, giving the Division I FCS program a 6-foot, 195-pound athlete who will likely play safety for the Cardinals. McCoy, who had additional FCS offers from North Dakota and Penn, announced his commitment on Twitter.

"I ended up choosing UIW because (No.) 1, it was close to home," McCoy said. "Not only that, but just the atmosphere around the campus, and the good chance to come in and play early."

McCoy visited UIW, which is in San Antonio, this past weekend.

"What stood out to me was the team bonding and the coaches. Everybody on the team was really cool and I could tell they were a family," McCoy said. "Also their up-and-coming ideas. They're always wanting to upgrade everything and always making things better."

UIW recently made the jump from Division II competition to the D-I FCS-level Southland Conference, which is also home to familiar regional programs such as SFA, Sam Houston State, Lamar, and Northwestern State.

A two-way starter for a 5-5 Harmony team this past fall, McCoy caught 14 passes for 381 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Eagles in the latter two categories. He led Harmony with 107 tackles, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and three pass breakups.

McCoy has specialized as a run-support safety in the rush-heavy District 9-2A Division I.

"My aggressiveness and my instincts are going to help me tremendously at the next level, and I can come downhill. I was the only safety they offered so they're expecting big things from me," McCoy said. "The thing I need to work on the most would definitely be my pass coverage. Playing the teams I played this year during my season, they didn't throw the ball a lot and that cost me at camps, so that will be the biggest transition for me."

McCoy is the second Harmony player in as many seasons to sign with a D-I program. Tight end Lucas Askew signed with Texas State on National Signing Day 2013.