The Miami Hurricanes missed out on some big-time local prospects from the recently departed class of 2013. That said, head coach Al Golden is a smart guy. He knows it’s not good for the program’s image to swing and miss so badly on the top local guys. There’s no reason the ‘Canes shouldn’t have first dibs on anyone from the country’s most talent-rich region the prep ranks offer.
So here we are in the early stages of the 2014 class, and Golden is clearly aiming to remedy his local recruiting woes. It was made even more apparent on the second day of April, when the Hurricanes landed one of the best offensive tackles in the country, K.C. McDermott, and he just so happens to be from south Florida (Palm Beach Central, Wellington, FL).
Claiming offers from every major school in the country, McDermott is an impressive prospect in the class of ’14. Scout.com even ranks him as the third ranked offensive tackle in the country, and a five-star prospect overall. The 6-foot 6, 300-pound tackle is well worth the praise: he’s a very smart and instinctive player (crucial for offensive linemen), has brute strength in the running game, and has good balance and feet in pass protection.
His decision-making process was rather simple: he really likes Golden and his vision for the program. McDermott doesn’t want to go too far away from his family and girlfriend. Plus, his older brother (Shane McDermott) is the starting center on the team. Yep, I’d say that it makes sense to go to Miami.
Golden should be thrilled with this pickup. McDermott is the third offensive lineman to commit to the ‘Canes for the class of ’14, joining guard Nick Linder and tackle Trevor Darling.
Miami now has five players verbally committed for the 2014 class. Where are they all from? Darling and running back Joe Yearby are from Miami Central High School, quarterback Allin Edouard from Hialeah High School (Hialeah, FL), Linder from St. Thomas Aquinas High (Fort Lauderdale) and McDermott from Palm Beach Central. Every single one from south Florida.
Think Golden is catching on or what?