Lamar McPherson, a two-position standout for Wyncote (PA) Bishop McDevitt, has been receiving mail from several schools, including Pittsburgh. This summer, the 5-10/190-pound running back/defensive back with 4.5 40 speed will attend a few camps in hopes of earning a scholarship. Recently, PittInsiders.com caught up with him to discuss his recruitment.
"I'm working very hard every day," the All-Catholic and All-County junior said. "I want to get a Division 1 scholarship. It's been a dream of mine ever since I was a little kid to play Division 1A."
The Philadelphia native starred on his team by playing both running back and defensive back. He played most of the season on offense where he rushed for 900 yards on only 153 carries. On defense, he recorded two interceptions.
"I would prefer to play running back in college," he said. "However, I will play anywhere the coaches want me."
This summer, he'll camp at both Michigan State and Pittsburgh.
"I like Michigan State a lot," McPherson said. "I sent my highlight tape out to coach Stoutland and he wants me to come out to their camp. I will also camp with Pittsburgh."
What is McPherson looking for in a school?
"If I'm going to spend four to five years at a school, I want to feel comfortable with the coaching staff," he said. "Academics are very important to me. If I get injured, I want an education to fall back on. I would like to major in Criminal Justice. My mother is an attorney so I have some interest there."
McPherson carries a solid 2.8 grade point average in the classroom.
The Bishop McDevitt high school junior to-be compares his style of play to All Pro running backs Edgerrin James and Ricky Williams.
"I can do it all," McPherson said. "I have speed, power, and agility. I have some of Ricky William's power and Edgerrin James' cutting ability. I'm a running back with a linebacker's mentality."