KC MCDERMOTT IS ONE OF THE MOST COVETED OFFENSIVE linemen to come out of Palm Beach County in recent years and he’s on the radar of nearly every major college program in the country. But the Palm Beach Central senior tackle ended the
recruiting carousel in early April when he announced in front of a throng
of family, friends, coaches and media gathered at the school that he had
made a verbal commitment to sign with the University of Miami.
The 6-7, 285-pound McDermott had narrowed his choices to the Hurricanes and Notre Dame, and he easily could have milked the decision-making process until national signing day next February like so many
highly recruited stars enjoy doing. But that’s not McDermott’s style.
“I’m not going to disrespect any schools on national TV by doing a hat
dance. My parents hate that stuff,” McDermott said of his decision to announce early.
His older brothers – Tyler played at Colorado State and now is a graduate assistant at Notre Dame, and Shane is the starting center at UM –
also announced their college decisions in the spring of their junior year
of high school.
McDermott, who bench-presses 385 pounds, squats more than 450
pounds and graded out at 94 percent on his blocking assignments last
season, might be the best of the three. He has been selected to play in
the Under Armour High School All-American game in January and plans to
enroll for the second semester at Miami after graduating early from Palm
Beach Central in December.
“He’s the total package,” Palm Beach Central coach Rod Harris said of
McDermott, who has been a starter for the Broncos since his freshman
year and last season led the program to its first district title.
McDermott says he learned a lot from his brothers, both on and off the field.
“They’ve been a big influence on me,” he concluded. – Steve Dorsey
MANATEE HOPING FOR A MERRY ‘CHRISTMAS’
MANATEE HIGH IN BRADENTON, FLA., HAS CHURNED out several talented interior defensive linemen, especially over the past five years. Quinton Pompey (Iowa State, 2011) and Derrick Calloway (South Florida, 2013) were
Division I signees. Manatee standouts Drakkar Wilson (
Carson-New-man) and Terrence Lilly (Tyler Junior College) also played in college.
Class of 2014 prospect Demarcus Christmas, however, might be
the best yet. At 6-5, 270 pounds, Christmas has the size to overpower
linemen but is nimble enough to maneuver around them and shoot
through the gaps, where he can wreak havoc on offenses.
Christmas recorded 70 tackles ( 55 solo), 20 tackles for a loss and
9 sacks for nationally ranked Manatee in 2012. With offers from
nearly every top college program in the country, Christmas verbally
committed to Florida State in October of his junior year.
“I think before the dust settles, Demarcus has the chance to be
the best athlete we’ve had at interior tackle,” longtime Manatee
head coach Joe Kinnan said. “He leads by his work ethic. He leads
by example by what he does on the practice field. And he has worked
exceedingly hard in the offseason.”
The Hurricanes graduated three-fourths of their 2012 starting
defensive line. Christmas, a three-year starter and the lone returner,
will be counted on to guide an inexperienced, yet promising group up
front this season.
That, and continue to dominate opposing offensive linemen.
“If he can take care of everything between the tackles, that would be
a plus,” Kinnan said, laughing. “Just grab them all and sort it out later.”
– Bryan Burns