McDermott Has a New Option?

Most prospects at this stage of the recruiting season have a somewhat general idea of where they will end up in college. <b>Geoffrey McDermott</b>, a 6-foot-5 and 220-pound quarterback and defensive end prospect out of New Rochelle High School (New Rochelle, NY) is not your typical college football recruit. With significant low and mid-major interest from a number of basketball schools, including an offer from a Big East school, McDermott will have to first decide what sport best suits him.

 "Everything is going alright.  It's really good that I have a lot of choices, so that's one of the good things," stated McDermott in a recent interview.

Geoffrey McDermott is of course referring to the basketball and football choices that are available to him.

On the basketball court, McDermott uses his size efficiently and is able to rebound in traffic.  He is a very versatile player that can play anywhere from the point to the small forward spot. 

McDermott has received interest from a number of mid-majors, including Hofstra, Drexel, Rider, and Fordham.  However, the Providence Friars extended a scholarship offer at the beginning of January, and Villanova is now also taking a long look.

On the gridiron, McDermott quarterbacked New Rochelle High School this past year and led his squad to the Class AA Finals, a loss against Christian Brothers Academy.  In addition McDermott also earner Second Team All-State honors as a QB of New Rochelle in 2004.

Is McDermott getting a better feel for what he wants to do and where he wants to be for the next four years?

"The thing is, there's no better sport that I enjoy more.  I really like football and basketball pretty equally."

Football-wise, three teams are still in the hunt for the talented prospect: Rutgers, Syracuse, and Wisconsin.

"With Rutgers, two of my teammates are already going there (referring to Raymell Rice, who pledged to Rutgers last week, and Glenn Lee, a December commit) so that's an advantage."

McDermott stated that Rutgers is recruiting him as a quarterback.   As a quarterback at 6-foot-5, McDermott would have little problem of seeing over his own linemen and down the field, a distinct advantage over smaller size prospects.

"With Syracuse, with the recent coaching change.  I really don't know where I stand now."  McDermott is still waiting to hear from the new staff.

As far as Wisconsin goes, McDermott offered a seemingly distinct advantage that the Big 10 school may have over the other football schools: "I can play both sports there."

Has that opportunity come up with his other suitors?

McDermott stated that he would be given the same opportunity at Rutgers, and remained unsure of what his basketball prospects at Syracuse were.

Has the recent commitment of his teammate Ray Rice to the Scarlet Knights had any impact on McDermott one way or the other?

"Yeah, it has.  In a positive way.  I guess I'm thinking more about Rutgers now than before.  But I was thinking about them before and I liked them before, but now probably a little more."

Besides the all-important decision that remains to be made between choosing between basketball and football as his primary sport, what are some other factors that are important to McDermott?

"The major that I will be selecting is very important.  I want to do something in business."

McDermott is unsure when a decision on his future collegiate destination is likely to be made.  Undoubtedly considering all his options, including playing both basketball and football, is an additional factor that needs to be fully weighed before a decision can be made. 

At this time, McDermott stated that he is unsure whether he will make a decision by February 2nd, the day that prospects make their verbal commitments binding by signing on with their school of choice.


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