Keith McPherson on RU's Junior Day

By all accounts, Rutgers' Junior Day, held on Saturday, February 5th on the campus of Rutgers University, was a success. One of the 75 or so prospects on hand was <b>Keith McPherson</b>, a dual-threat quarterback out of Ocean Township HS (Oakhurst, NJ).

Keith McPherson is a 6-foot-1 and 185-pound dual-threat quarterback out of Ocean Township HS.  McPherson first entered the spotlight when he was throw into the fire during his sophomore year.  At the time, Ocean Township HS had fumbled its way to a 1-2 record.  McPherson's insertion into the starting lineup was deemed a successful move as his squad went 5-2 under his leadership the rest of the year.

Fast forward to McPherson's junior year.  McPherson continued the progression of Ocean Township HS, of the Shore Constitution Conference, as the team improved to 7-4, including an appearance in the state playoffs.

McPherson's athletic ability has not gone unnoticed as the Rutgers staff made sure to invite the fleet-footed QB to their Junior Day.

What was it that McPherson did and what was it that he saw while at Junior Day?

"We took a tour of the whole place.  It was pretty nice.  We saw the bubble, the weight room, the conference and meeting rooms and the game field and some other stuff," stated McPherson. 

For prospective recruits seeing the improved Rutgers facilities, specifically the weight room, makes a significant first impression.

"It [the weight room] was really nice.  I've only seen high school weight rooms and their place was like three times the size of ours at my school and everything was brand new with a Rutgers logo on it."

McPherson was unable to extend his Junior Day to include the Rutgers Men's Basketball game, due to previous obligations.  However, his first Rutgers impression seems to have been a positive one.  Rutgers fans should hope so because McPherson currently has quite a long list of suitors that are going after the QB prospect.

Michigan, Virginia, Alabama, Rutgers, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Duke, Clemson, Maryland have all been sending mail to McPherson.  Overall, McPherson estimates about 30 schools to have expressed interest in his services.

A versatile QB, who may be better known as a runner than a true dual-threat type, will have a lot to think about in the coming weeks and months as recruiting begins to heat up.

For those that have yet to see the Ocean Township prospect in person, how would McPherson describe himself?

"Well, I'm a runner with out a doubt.  But people always think that I can't throw the ball.  I have a pretty good arm, we just don't throw in my offense.  I attempt 15 runs a game but only 7 passes.  I would still same I'm a dual threat though because I like to run or pass at any given time.  Plus, I'm really into learning the game."

Indeed, learning is something that comes naturally to McPherson, on and off the field.  While he is a student of the game, McPherson also excels in the classroom.  A member of numerous academic clubs, McPherson finished his last term with a 3.6 GPA. 

As the spring semester begins, McPherson gets himself ready for track, competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and the long jump.


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