Derrick McPhearson will have a number of schools to select from come next February. Schools including Maryland, Florida, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Boston College have offered the talented DeMatha Catholic wide receiver an official scholarship.
Choosing which school he will attend may not be the only tough choice facing McPhearson, however. He stars in baseball as well, and there may be a chance he could get selected in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft.
“Many people have told me that I have the potential to be drafted,” said McPhearson, who plays centerfield in baseball. “I still have to work hard for that. If I got drafted, I would probably go towards baseball. There is less wear-and-tear on your body. I suffered a serious ankle injury in football my sophomore season, and that opened my eyes a little bit.”
Baseball may be at the top of his mind right now, but McPhearson is still very much interested in playing collegiate football. He committed to the University of Maryland before the start of his junior season. He has since retracted his commitment to the Terrapins, who remain at the top of his list.
“Yeah it’s wide open,” said McPhearson of his recruiting process. “Maryland is still on top of the other schools. There is going to be some favoritism towards them because my brother goes there. They are the hometown school.
“Other schools at the top of my list are Florida, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Michigan, Boston College, and Virginia Tech.”
McPhearson would like to be thorough in his decision making. Therefore, official visits will be important factors in his decision. He wants to take all five official visits, and he has five schools as possibilities for those trips.
“I am thinking about taking official visits to Maryland, Florida, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Michigan,” said McPhearson, who wants to major in Criminal Justice or Law. “There is nothing definite, but right now I’d like to go to those schools.”
McPhearson expects a great senior football season before he has to make his decision. Having never played wide receiver before last season, he has finally become comfortable with the position.
“I’m more comfortable playing wide receiver now,” said the 6-0, 185 pound McPhearson. “I went from feeling like at athlete playing wide receiver to being a wide receiver. I think like a wide receiver. I know how to get out of press coverage and things like that.”