McPhearson Set for First Visit

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Outstanding DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) wide receiver Derrick McPhearson begins his official visit run this weekend, and he doesn’t have to go far to do it. This weekend, he takes an official visit to the University of Maryland.

“I was going to Pittsburgh this week, but I decided to stay local and go to Maryland,” McPhearson said. “I’m going to Pittsburgh next week. My hosts this weekend will be my brother (sophomore cornerback Gerrick McPhearson), Latrez Harrison, and Curome Cox. I’m looking forward to it. I’m going into my visits with an open mind, so we’ll see what happens.”

In addition to Maryland and Pittsburgh, McPhearson will make official visits to Florida, Michigan, and Virginia Tech. Two of those three visits need to be finalized.

“I’m going to Florida on January 23rd,” McPhearson said. “Right now, my visits to Michigan and Virginia Tech are up in the air. I actually just spoke with Coach [Billy] Hite over the phone, and I have to change my visit because of some things I’m doing in Baseball. I definitely am going to visit those two, but I’m not sure when.”

Coach Hite addressed several issues with the talented receiver, including Virginia Tech’s need at the position.

“Coach Hite was telling me about the football team and how they are down a little bit now,” McPhearson said. “But I know they are still a great team. I look at it like this…losing streak’s are mental. Talent is still there. He stresses to me that they really need receivers and if I want to play early, that is the place to go.”

One positive for the Hokies is their quarterback position, which played a small factor in Virginia Tech receiving an official visit.

“Well, any school you go to, there needs to be a good quarterback situation,” McPhearson said. “Virginia Tech has a bright future at quarterback with Marcus Vick. Someone like that could make me a better wide receiver.”

Deciding which schools will receive official visits was a tough decision, especially since McPhearson had around 18 scholarship offers to choose from. He noted he may make some unofficial visits as well, so he is not necessarily down to a top five.

“I’m kind of undecided if I will take some unofficial visits,” McPhearson said. “It sucks that you can only take five official visits, but those are the rules. I might still take some unofficial visits. I’m thinking about Notre Dame, Kent State, Miami (FL), and NC State. All