Derrick McPhearson had never played wide receiver before his junior season last year. Before transferring to DeMatha Catholic for his junior campaign, he had played running back as a freshman at Howard High School. He was scheduled to play quarterback as a sophomore when a broken ankle in the season opener sidelined him for the entire season.
Despite the lack of experience, DeMatha head coach Bill McGregor says McPhearson has the potential to develop into a great wide receiver.
“Last year was the first year Derrick had ever played wide receiver,” said McGregor. “He still has a lot to learn, but he just has gotten better and better. He’s a can’t-miss prospect.”
One of the reasons McPhearson is such a good prospect is his pure speed. At 6-0, 185 pounds, he runs a consistent 4.4 in the 40 yard dash. McPhearson recorded a 4.38 during the Maryland camp last summer. His time earned him an early offer from the Terrapins, which remains his only “official” scholarship offer according to McGregor.
It appears more official offers will be on the way soon for one of the state of Maryland’s top receiver prospects.
“His time during Maryland’s camp last year was the third fastest in the entire camp,” said McGregor. “Maryland offered him on the spot. Many schools have been looking at him this spring. Virginia Tech, Virginia, Ohio State, and Michigan are just some of the schools off the top of my head that have expressed a lot of interest.
“Billy Hite of Virginia Tech has been very interested in him. I think they will offer soon. Coach Prince of Virginia has been recruiting him as well.”
Following the Maryland offer prior to his junior season, McPhearson committed to the Terrapins. It appears he is no longer committed to Maryland and has opened up the recruiting process.
“He is not committed to Maryland anymore,” said McGregor. “He is wide open right now.”
Other schools heavily involved with McPhearson include Florida, Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Marshall. Teams are recruiting him as a wide receiver/defensive back type.
According to coach McGregor, McPhearson may visit the Maryland camp this weekend, however will likely not make any more camps this summer.
“He may go to Maryland this weekend, but I’m not sure,” said McGregor. “I don’t know anywhere else he could go. I encourage my players to go to summer school, and Derrick will go there after this week. He doesn’t...
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