One of the top wide receivers on the East coast has narrowed his list of schools to just four. DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) star Derrick McPhearson will decide among Florida, Maryland, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.
“Those are my final four schools,” McPhearson said. “This is it. It was time to close the gate on the other schools. It was time to wind down and focus on where I want to be.”
McPhearson has made an official visit to Maryland, and will make official visits to Florida, Virginia Tech, and Penn State this month. He is set to go to Florida on the weekend of January 16th-18th, Virginia Tech on January 23rd-25th, and Penn State on January 30th-February 1st.
Each visit this month will mark the first time he has ever been to these three schools.
“I haven’t seen any of those three Universities (VT, FL, PSU),” McPhearson said. “It will be my first time seeing these campuses and getting the experience. It’s something that’s new for me, and I’m excited about the experience.”
McPhearson knows Maryland very well, with the school being so close and his brother already there on a football scholarship. In fact, he committed to the Terrapins before the start of his junior year but has since de-committed. The other programs involved have several positives as well, even though he has not seen there campuses.
“Maryland is close to home,” McPhearson said. “It’s pretty much right down the street. My brother plays there, and I know people there.
“I’ve known Coach [Mike] Locksley for Florida since I was a freshman. The weather is great, which would be good for baseball.
“For Penn State, I have a good friend there in [red-shirt junior] Gerald Smith. They have a great tradition there and one of the greatest coaches ever.
“Virginia Tech offers one of the best facilities around. They have what it takes to turn you into a great football player. They also have a great tradition with guys from DeMatha.”
Following his visit, McPhearson hopes to have a decision by the February Signing Day. He knows the decision will be tough, but he is looking forward to making it.
“Each school has its own positives,” McPhearson said. “I’m going into these visits with an open mind. After my visits, I’m just going to sit down and think things out. I’m typically the type of...
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