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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Watch List OT McDermott staying home

By Corey Dowlar and Derek Tyson

ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Kc McDermott (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central) made it official: He's staying home for college.

The 6-foot-6, 297-pound lineman had narrowed his choices to Miami (Fla.) and Notre Dame before Tuesday. And early last week there were some reports that he had chosen the Hurricanes.

But it's official now. He committed to Miami and coach Al Golden during a news conference at his school. Palm Beach Central coach Rod Harris said McDermott's decision was a tough one.

"It was very close," Harris said. "Miami was in the top five from the very beginning, since he was a 14-year-old freshman that came on campus. But he's always loved Notre Dame, too. There are some great schools -- great institutions like Alabama, Florida, Ohio State -- that recruited him well, but he just had to make the best decision for him and that was the University of Miami.

"It was just a comfort level between K.C. and the university, the engineering program, his relationship with the coaches and players. Location also had a little bit of a factor. He wants to play in front of his parents and it's a lot easier trip for him."

McDermott's brother, Shane, is a junior offensive lineman for the Hurricanes.

McDermott was one of the premier targets in the state of Florida. Schools such as Alabama, Auburn, FAU, FIU, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USF, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin offered scholarships, but Miami won out.

"They are getting the total package," Harris said "They are getting a 6-foot-6, strong, physical, nasty tackle. He's a prototypical left tackle with the long arms. He's got quick feet, low pad level; he gets to the second level well. Probably his best quality is that he's a student of the game. He will know the blocking assignments not only for him, but of every one else on the offensive line both in practice and in the game."