Five-star offensive tackle Kc McDermott has committed to Miami in what will go down as a massive recruiting win for Al Golden and the Hurricanes.
Miami has been treading rough waters for a while now on the field, on the recruiting trail and with the NCAA, but Golden has his program trending in the right direction in regards to at least one of those categories: recruiting.
McDermott is a marquee 2014 recruit and a huge in-state win for Miami. His commitment really puts Miami on the map in the early goings of the 2014 recruiting cycle, and that momentum could end up paying dividends in the race for other elite recruits.
Chad Simmons of Scout.com reported the commitment via Twitter:
Chad Simmons @ChadSimmons_
5-star OL K.C. McDermott has committed to #Miami. Huge get for the #Hurricanes.4/2/2013, 6:17:04 PM
By choosing Miami over Notre Dame, McDermott made a statement for the Hurricanes program—unknowingly or not—that basically proclaimed that Miami football does have a bright future and that the Hurricanes can be an option for other highly ranked recruits.
He's already Golden's second 5-star for 2014, mind you, with running back Joseph Yearby the other.
These two recruits alone present the potential for a very bright offensive future for Miami.
Speaking of potential, McDermott has the potential to be a star for the Hurricanes.
He's 6'6'', 285 pounds and still just a rising junior, ranked the No. 3 offensive tackle in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He has great height for a left tackle, and at his size he should be able to compete with most defensive ends in the ACC. There's always the potential for him putting on more mass during his senior year or heading into his freshman year in college.
For as tall as he is, McDermott plays with good leverage. Basically what that means is that he can shoot out of his stance, remain low with his knees bent, explode into the chest plate of the defender and drive him back by churning his feet.
In football, we often talk about the "low man" winning at the line of scrimmage. It's basic physics—even a smaller player can drive back a much larger player if he utilizes good leverage. When you're lower, you establish a stronger base and can extend and explode out with much more force, often times putting the defender on his heels.
Once he's on his heels, he loses all power and you then control where he will go.
For as big as McDermott is, he plays with great fundamentals. If a smaller player can succeed because of leverage, imagine what he'll be able to do. He also displays good quickness and speed, so he should be able to get to the second level against linebackers or even pull to lead a run play to the edges.
Overall, McDermott has the skill set to be a featured lineman for Miami, and he'll be a major part of the Hurricanes' future.