Dual Sport Star Taking It To The Wire

Less than one week removed from Letter of Intent Day (02/02/2005) <b>Geoffrey McDermott</b> (6-foot-5 and 220 pounds) out of New Rochelle High School (New Rochelle, NY) has embarked on the last stage of his recruiting journey before he sits down to decide on his collegiate destination.

Last time Scout.com caught up with Geoffrey McDermott, the prospect out of New York described his, at the time current, dilemma as one where he needed to choose between the two sports he loves most.

Has anything changed since?

"Nah, not really.  I haven't really thought about it too much."

McDermott is too busy with basketball to be thinking about football.  Thursday evening, McDermott continued to impress basketball scouts by posting a double-double (18 points and 11 rebounds) en route to a win over Mt. Vernon.

Drexel and Fordham were among two of the basketball schools in attendance scouting McDermott.  Drexel was one of the first schools to offer a basketball scholarship and despite the basketball offer of Big East member Providence, still remains one of the top basketball schools for McDermott ... providing, of course, that McDermott chooses basketball as his future collegiate sport.

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.

Although there has been limited time to deal with football recruiting, McDermott was recently contacted by Wisconsin, whose football offer still stands.  Indeed, the Big Ten program is making landing McDermott a priority.  McDermott is spending this weekend in Wisconsin taking his last official visit.

McDermott's basketball games, these days, do not attract just his basketball suitors.  Two of his final three football suitors were also on hand thursday evening: Syracuse and Rutgers.

McDermott stated that this week was the first week that he had been contacted by the Syracuse staff since the they took over.  One wonders of this late pitch, less than one week away from signing day, has come too late.

Wide Receivers Coach John McNulty represented Rutgers among the various collegiate onlookers making a last effort to land the talented prospect.

McDermott will get back from his official visit from Wisconsin on Sunday.  At that time, he said he plans to sit down and first decide what sport he wants to focus on, exclusively.

"I have to decide very soon because Signing Day [football] is coming up soon.  If I don't take football, then at least I'll have some more time to make a decision on basketball."

Football fans hope that McDermott's decision will come sooner, rather than later.


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