K.C. McDermott is the No. 3 ranked offensive tackle in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and he's set to make his decision between two major programs in Notre Dame and Miami.
According to Chad Simmons of Scout.com, McDermott will announce his choice on Tuesday, April 2, at 2 p.m. ET:
The 6-foot-6, 285 pound offensive tackle has family connections at each school with a brother playing at Miami and another brother in a graduate assistant role at Notre Dame.
McDermott is going to end up being a huge commitment for either one of these programs. He's obviously ranked very highly as a 5-star recruit, and has the potential to live up to that hype moving forward.
He has great size at 6'6'', 285 pounds and is ranked as the No. 2 player from the state of Florida (247Sports Composite).
Florida is a state that is known for producing some of the most talented recruits in the country on a yearly basis. Being the No. 2 player from the state says a lot about McDermott.
As far as his skill set is concerned, McDermott will bring a ton to the table for either Miami or Notre Dame. He's big, but he plays with great fundamentals—that's what makes him so good.
He gets tremendous leverage and bend as a blocker, which allows him to establish a low pad level. He drives his feet and has an elite push because of his size and strength. He also extends his arms well.
McDermott is quick enough to get to the second level and wall off a linebacker, and he has good footwork, base and quickness as a pass-blocker as well.
Overall, McDermott projects to be elite.
As far as his two choices, Notre Dame offers a great education and national championship aspirations, though their depth chart looks pretty solid at offensive tackle. Miami is the in-state school (he's from West Palm Beach, Florida), and the Hurricanes will offer a big-time recruit like McDermott with more opportunity because they need the help. The depth chart is also a bit more favorable at tackle for a player of his caliber.
There's also the family ties to consider, but he has connections to both programs, so it's tough to predict how those will impact his decision.
Either way, we know a decision is coming soon, and it's going to end up being one of the bigger choices of the 2014 recruiting cycle.
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