Calls Start for McPhearson

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Virginia Tech joined Pitt, Syracuse, Florida, and Maryland as just some schools to contact DeMatha Catholic wide receiver Derrick McPhearson yesterday, which was the first day coaches can contact prospects.

McPhearson, who still has Maryland at the top of his list, wants to take all of his official visits before making a decision.

“Maryland is still at the top, but right now, I’m not going to say they are a clear favorite,” said McPhearson, who committed to Maryland in summer of 2002 before de-committing this year. “I want to see Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Florida, and maybe some others. I want to go into this with an open mind and you can’t do that if you have a favorite on your mind.”

The 6-0, 185 pound McPhearson is a speed burner, having been timed at 4.38 in the 40 yard dash. He first played the wide receiver position as a junior, and has really become comfortable with it heading into this year.

His first game is this Saturday against Fork Union Military Academy Prep, and he is looking forward to maximizing his ability this season.

“We’ve had five scrimmages so far, and we have a talented team,” said McPhearson. “Playing wide receiver is second nature to me. I am mentally there and ready to go.”

McPhearson did not attend any games this weekend. He wants to go some this fall, however conceded that it might be difficult because of his football schedule. Recruiting may have to wait until at or near the end of his senior season.

“I would like to go to some games, but unfortunately our schedule kind of conflicts with it,” said McPhearson. “I think I will focus on my season, and once it dies down a bit, I will start thinking about my official visits more.”

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