McKelvie Eyes Return To Gridiron

Lake Waccamaw (NC) defender Demetrius McKelvie has his sights set on playing college football this year after spending three seasons in the minor league system of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lake Waccamaw (NC) defender Demetrius McKelvie has his sights set on playing college football this year after spending three seasons in the minor league system of the Milwaukee Brewers.

"Yes, it's true... I'm going to play football now," McKelvie told Pack Pride. "I'm going to take a few visits and then I'm going to decide which college is best for me."

A three-time All-Waccamaw Conference and All-Columbus County performer in both baseball and football at East Columbus High School, McKelvie signed a grant-in-aid to play baseball at Marshall in 2009. However, the Brewers drafted him in the 25th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, and McKelvie signed with Milwaukee on June 29, 2009.

After signing he headed to Arizona to play in the Rookie League, and struggled in 2009 and 2010, batting .210 and .174 respectively with just two home runs and 16 total extra-base hits in 65 games.

On May 13th, McKelvie was released by the Brewers, and he is now pursuing the other sport that he excelled at in high school.

"I'm excited about it," said McKelvie. "I'm hoping I can make it into a top program and contribute, help them out."

According to McKelvie, his initial contract with the Brewers calls for the major league team to pay for him to attend a four-year institution, so he would enroll as an invited walk-on wherever he chooses to play college football.

Now McKelvie is looking for a college where he can begin playing football right away. The 20-year old, who checks in at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, played safety in high school but is being recruited to play linebacker.

"Well, I don't think I'm small enough to play safety anymore," he said, laughing. "Then plan is for me to probably play linebacker."

This past weekend he was on NC State's campus checking out the Wolfpack.

"I had a great time at NC State," he stated. "Everybody is real nice there, and it's a great place. I went there for some visits when I was in high school, and they've done some other things that make the place look even nicer for the players.

"I loved it. I've always liked NC State since high school, and I always said that was my No. 1 choice if I wanted to play football out of high school."

With that being said, McKelvie admits that he will evaluate his options before making a final decision.

"I'm going to give other schools a look also," he said. "I'm mainly looking at NC State, Lenoir-Rhyne, South Carolina, and East Carolina.

"I've already visited NC State and Lenoir-Rhyne, and I'm supposed to visit South Carolina and East Carolina this week. I've never visited South Carolina so I want to go there and check them out."

McKelvie hopes to make a decision in the near future so he can enroll for a summer session.

"The plan is to decide soon," he said. "It may come down to being able to get me in school, with me being an invited walk-on. I do want to enroll though so I can go to a summer session."

Once he matriculates to college McKelvie will have five years to play four seasons. He is being recruited by NC State recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie.


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