With quick feet, good athletic ability and a willingness to mix it up with the talented players he encountered in the one-on-one drills, the center from Class 6A Palm Beach Central High School showed why he is expected to be one of the top offensive line prospects in the state this fall.
"I think I did really well at the combine and I believe I did extremely well in the one-on-ones," McDermott tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. He was named to the all-combine team.
Palm Beach Central is a relatively new high school. It is just wrapping up its third year. Interestingly, McDermott has been the starting center all three years and is expected to make it four in a row this fall.
He and his teammates are currently finishing spring practice and will end with a scrimmage on Friday night.
"Right now, we are looking pretty good," he says. "We went through a 50-play scrimmage last Friday." The next morning the 6-2, 268-pound center was on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton participating in the Scout.com Combine and he says it was a good experience.
"You get exposure with a lot of different schools at the combine with the coaches watching you," he says. "You get a sense of where you are and how you are going to be when you go to college."
"It seemed like I went against some really good talent," he adds.
McDermott stood out in the one-on-one drills vs. defensive linemen. When asked who stood out to him on defense, he mentioned a defensive tackle from Armwood High in Seffner, Fla. "Torrey Davis is big and he was real good," McDermott says. "He has got tons of offers from everywhere."
Torrey Davis (left) lines up in a drill vs. Tyler McDermott (right).
McDermott's first offer came from Auburn, where he visited this spring to check out a scrimmage. He also has an early scholarship offer from Florida International and is hearing from coaches at Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Florida, Pitt, West Virginia, FSU, Army, UCF, Florida Atlantic and USF have been to his school to check him out.
At Palm Beach Central, McDermott is an honor student who is taking advanced placement courses. The center notes that he is interested in majoring in exercise science in college.
McDermott says that he grew up a fan of a particular school, but is "open" on where he will attend college.
"I used to be a really big fan of Miami, but now that they fired a bunch of coaches that kind of really confused me," he says. "Right now, I am open pretty much to anything."
Commenting on Auburn, the first college to offer him a scholarship, McDermott says, "I am very interested in Auburn. I went to one of their spring scrimmages. I saw the town and it is beautiful.
"The school is real nice," he adds. "I think they had the number one APR of all the public schools in the nation and they have a very, very good football team. I can tell you right now I am very interested in Auburn."
McDermott, who bench presses 345 pounds, is coming off an impressive junior season. As a senior he has a specific area in which he wants to improve. "I am working on stay lower, longer during the games," he says.