"A lot to like" about U-M for the McDermotts

2014 Palm Beach Central (Fla.) offensive tackle K.C. McDermott has a mailbox full of letters 100 percent of the time. GBW caught up with his father Randy to discuss his recruitment, feelings toward Michigan, and visit plans this spring.

Offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Oklahoma are all the evidence needed to realize how coveted 2014 Palm Beach Central (Fla.) high school offensive tackle K.C. McDermott is a big time prospect. Add in the fact that his mailbox his stuffed to the limit daily and it's obvious the 6-6, 280-pounder is going to have one difficult decision to make.

"If you had to say who seems to be doing the most it would be really hard to say, because it's a constant mail barrage and facebook barrage," McDermott's father, Randy, told GoBlueWolverine.

Michigan is one school keeping in regular contact with McDermott. Dating back to the career of K.C.'s older brother Tyler, the McDermott's are very familiar with the Wolverine's offensive line coach Darrell Funk.

"We know coach Funk," said McDermott's father. "He recruited and was my son's first offensive line coach out at Colorado State. We get a little bit of mail from Michigan, not a lot.

"I know that he sends K.C. quite a bit on facebook, and a card every now and then in the mail."

Having the chance to reconnect with coach Funk on an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor in July, the McDermotts enjoyed what Michigan has to offer.

"I loved Michigan when we were there," he said. "I thought it was awesome. Steeped in tradition type program, big time football atmosphere -- there was a lot to like about Michigan, there really was.

"It's a really neat place and I know that K.C. enjoyed it. They just had a real nice offensive line class that they signed and they're trying to back that one up with a nice class (in 2014)."

Sending one of their sons all the way out to Colorado to play college football while also having one just down the road at Miami, the McDermotts aren't nearly as concerned with where K.C. decides to go as much as they are about how comfortable he is at the school he eventually signs with.

"We're a very small factor in K.C.'s overall decision," he said. "We have a son that played at Colorado State, which was a four hour plane ride away. We've had a son play at the University of Miami. That was their decision. That was where they wanted to go to school. Where he ultimately decides will be his decision."

Still not yet at the stage of narrowing down a list of schools in his recruiting process, McDermott's father believes his son has a clear understanding of what's important and what factors will weigh heavily in his decision. "The school, the education, the players -- I think some factor will be the coaches, although coaches change obviously," he said. "I think ultimately it'll come down to the educational value, how he gets along with the players and that aspect."

Still in the process of setting up visits, the McDermott's have two trips setup over the next month or so prior to spring football getting underway at Palm Beach Central.

"We're going to be going to Notre Dame the last week of the month for a couple days," he said. "And we'll be visiting down to Miami for a couple of their spring practices. It's an hour away for us so that's an easy place to get to. That's pretty much the plans he has. I know he wants to go to the Nike Football Training Camp (too)."


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