Demario McCall has all the makings of a college football star.
The four-star running back is the No. 81 overall player in the class of 2016 and the No. 5 running back. McCall was an Army All-American and has impressive quickness, so much so that the 5-11, 170-pounder earned the nickname ‘Speedy.’
For now, though, McCall is just another potential star in an Ohio State recruiting class full of them. At North Ridgeville High School, though, the running back is a unique talent. That much was evident at McCall’s official signing ceremony held in the high school gymnasium at 10 a.m. on national signing day.
Nearly the entire school packed into the gym for McCall’s signing. Clearly this day wasn’t just important to the running back, but to the entire community.
“It’s real big,” McCall’s high school coach Luke Durbin said. “We’ve had some good football players in the past but nobody on his level. It really goes to show that you can great things and achieve your dreams here at North Ridgeville. I think we’ve had a problem in the past with student athletes trying to go someplace else to get noticed and you don’t have to. I think we’ve got the football program going in the right direction and a lot of it is because of that guy. He wasn’t just an athlete but a total buy-in guy for us and a leader.”
McCall was able to get noticed at North Ridgeville thanks to his prodigious talents. The running back committed to Ohio State – his longtime favorite school – in March of last year after a junior season that saw him rush for 2,302 yards and 35 touchdowns. While his senior season was slowed by injuries, McCall is confident he can make an immediate impact in Columbus.
“I feel like I’m going to be an athlete, they picture me as an athlete and I’m going to play whatever position they want me to play,” he said. “They’re going to move me around a lot of places. I’m pretty sure my home position will be the tailback spot, but the slot will be where I play also.”
The running back signed his paperwork next to his coach and family wearing an Ohio State hat and sweatshirt and donned a No. 1 OSU jersey after the paperwork was complete. McCall said while he knew that this day was coming and putting pen to paper was just a formality after 11 months of being committed, he was happy to have it over with and official.
While it was a relief for McCall, it was a celebration for North Ridgeville as the community watched one of their own commit to one of the premier programs in all of college football. The significance the day held for his school was not lost on the running back.
“It’s a great feeling,” McCall said. “Who really gets to do stuff like this? I mean, like they said this is a big thing for this school and a big thing for me and my family also.
“I feel like I’ve made an accomplishment for me and also my school. I feel like I did what they wanted me to do and what my parents and I wanted me to do also. I feel like it’s a great accomplishment.”
McCall has yet to accomplish anything at the college level, but his legacy as an ambassador for North Ridgeville has long been cemented.
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