McDermott's dad talks Miami pledge

Kc McDermott gave his verbal commitment to Miami earlier this week and his father couldn't be more proud. The five-star offensive tackle had narrowed his list to Miami and Notre Dame before choosing the Hurricanes. His father, Randy McDermott, knows the ‘Canes are getting another great McDermott in Kc.

"It's awesome. It's been a little hectic, a little crazy, but we've been through it before," Randy McDermott said of the recruiting process.

"We kind of knew the ins and outs, knew what we needed to go and see, we visited a lot of schools and in the end I think (Kc) made a really solid decision."

This was not the first recruiting rodeo for the McDermott family. The oldest son, Tyler McDermott, played at Colorado State and is now an assistant at Notre Dame. Shane McDermott plays at Miami, and now K.C. McDermott is committed to the Hurricanes.

Kc announced his decision on Tuesday at a ceremony at school. Randy McDermott got a little choked up watching his youngest declare his intentions.

"Really, you want the best for your kids, and we've been pretty lucky. We've been pretty lucky. The kids have done the work, the kids have put the time in. We want the best for them, we're happy for (Kc), as we are for Tyler, as we are for Shane. Very proud, and I think that's where the emotion comes from," he said.

Although this was the third time the McDermott family went through the recruiting process, Randy said it certainly wasn't much easier than the first.

"It's a stressful process, stressful for the kids, for mom and dad. Kc is a pretty talented athlete and there are a lot of people really interested in him, and you can only play at one place," he said.

"You make great relationships. He had to make some really tough telephone calls this week and disappoint some people. At sixteen years old, that's a tough lesson to learn. I think he handled it really, really well. He's handled the process well, his head is squarely on his shoulders. We're just glad it's over now and he can concentrate on being a high school junior."

Randy knows the Hurricanes are getting a solid athlete in Kc.

"They're going to get a guy that's just going to come in and work hard. He's just going to give it everything he's got, like his brothers do, and then the chips will fall from there," he said.

"He's a smart football player, he's got a great head on his shoulders, he's very football intelligent, he's had the great fortune of learning from his brothers who've come home from school and have taught him different techniques from colleges. I think they're going to get a real good, honest, hard-working kid, that will spend the time to become a very good football player for them."

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