Derrick McPhearson, a star wide receiver prospect out of DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) in the 2004 class, enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy this Fall when he fell short of qualifying academically. McPhearson signed with the University of Florida in February of 2004, but has re-opened his recruitment following the dismissal of Ron Zook as Head Coach.
“I’ve opened my recruitment back up,” McPhearson said. “Florida is still high on my list. It’s hard to say. They are still probably at the top of the list. I mean they are the team I signed with out of high school so that is probably where my heart is leaning towards right now, but I want to see what else is out there for me too.”
McPhearson has set all 5 official visits. He already visited Nebraska on the weekend of December 3-5 and he went to Maryland on December 10-12. He has scheduled LSU for January 14th, Virginia Tech for January 21st and Florida for January 28th.
Maryland and Virginia Tech, the two schools that were the finalists along with Florida the last time around, appear to be in serious contention once again.
“It came right down to the night before Signing Day last time,” McPhearson said. “I feel the same about those schools that were finalists last year. This time it might be much harder to make a final decision. Virginia Tech and Maryland are still up there. LSU is also in the mix. Nebraska is there too.”
How did the official visit to Nebraska go?
“Nebraska is a different type of situation,” McPhearson said. “They have a great program and the facilities are top of the line. There would be a good opportunity for me to start as a freshman if I went there. I like the opportunity there. But there are so many good opportunities at all of the schools I’m considering.”
Where does Virginia Tech stand right now?
“Like I said before, my decision last year came right down to the night before Signing Day,” McPhearson said. “Coach Hite recruited me really heavy last year. They won a BCS bowl berth and an ACC Championship, so it’s obvious that the program is great.
“They are right there again for me this year.”
As far as gaining the necessary qualification standards, McPhearson says he just needs a higher SAT score. He is very confident that his most recent attempt will produce the needed score.
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