McDermott garnering interest

In such a big metropolitan such as Phoenix, it is easy to overlook players from smaller schools regardless of their talent. Fountain Hills (Ariz.) signal caller, Luke McDermott, is one such player who based on his junior season feats should probably be getting more attention than he is currently receiving.

Rudy Carpenter, one of the most prolific quarterbacks to ever play at Arizona State, has been coaching Luke McDermott for over two years and has been pleased by his pupil's progress during that time frame.

"He's a very accurate quarterback and a very natural thrower," Carpenter described. "He was first team All-State as a junior and his team went into the playoffs in one of the smaller conferences which makes it a big accomplishment for him. He understands timing and anticipation, and unlike a lot of quarterbacks coming up right now he can play both under center and in the shotgun.

"I really think he will be among the top five quarterbacks in the state this year."

As a junior, the 6-3 180-pound McDermott completed 192-292 passes for 2630 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Division IV 5-6 Falcons.

The quarterback has no offers to date, but according to Carpenter has been receiving significant interest from New Mexico, San Diego State, Buffalo, Northern Arizona and some Ivy League schools such as Pennsylvania.

"I think Luke is ready to play at the schools that are looking at him," Carpenter said. "If he went to a bigger school he would have a lot more attention because you don't get as much coverage. He plays very well at the level of schools he competes against, but I'm training him to play well against higher level schools.

"He's an above average basketball player so he has a slender frame, so he needs to get bigger which won't only help him at the college level but also increase his arm strength."

"I feel that I can throw well on the run," McDermott said, "but I'm also a good pocket passer. Getting stronger and improving my deep ball are some of the stuff I want to work on.

"When I chose a school location is big, playing early is too. I want to go into sports management, so going to a school that has my major is important too."

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