Keith McPherson participated in the standing broad jump at the Elite Combine, recording a 9'5" jump. At the Nike Camp McPherson timed in at 4.55 in the 40 and 4.22 in the shuttle (both times, electric). The standout QB from the Shore-Conference also recorded an impressive 35.6" vertical leap.
It may be a coach's dream to sign a 6-2, 190-pound QB that runs the forty in 4.55 and has the athletic ability to make plays with both his arm and his feet. And that's precisely why McPherson has been working so hard in preparation for the early evaluation period which began this May.
"Don Klein is my quarterback coach as well as my lifting coach. Everyday after school I am with him in our weight room doing power lifts and football specific training to make me more explosive. I owe a lot of my gains in this off season to him," stated McPherson. "In the past 5 months or so I have gotten so much stronger and I'm weighting in at 190."
While his athleticism and agility are McPherson's top attributes, the highly touted prospect from Ocean HS has been working hard in the weight room in order to focus on his strength more.
"I can make out [bench-press] 245. I really like to power clean (260 max) and squat (450 max). I can always dead-lift over 400 lbs and push press 225."
With Combines over for the time period for McPherson, he now has a bit more time to focus on his recruiting.
"Recruiting has been going good for me. Every time I get a letter from a new team or my coach tells me a new school has interest in me I feel very fortunate. I'll never get to experience this process again that only certain kids get to go through. The whole recruiting process has really picked up now. The month of May is the evaluation period, and I just sent out my new highlight tape. I'm just waiting on that first offer."
McPherson is currently receiving interest from a number of schools including Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Buffalo, UCONN, Virginia, Michigan State, Louisville, Syracuse, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, and Indiana (in no particular order). In total, there about 20 to 30 schools that have contacted McPherson.
Also a stud in the classroom, having finished his last term with a 3.6 GPA, McPherson states he has no favorites or leaders at this time.
Like many prospects across the nation, the work now is really aimed at accomplishing two goals. While attending the May Combines a prospect does want his performance to be at a peak, but just as importantly is the preparation for a young man's senior year, his last in High School.
"I'm really excited about our senior season coming up. We're graduating a couple seniors but we're bringing back a lot of kids that have built the team. We have some young guys with potential as well as already established guys such as Lou Eliades, Chris Chittum, and Cory Giddings. I'm looking to do big things during my last year out. Its coming so fast, I can't wait. Only one more year of high school football."
"I'm looking at team goals first. I want our team to win the division first and then look at taking the state championship. Me personally I want to throw for over 1000 yards and pass for over 1000 yards and stay healthy and go out on top."
With McPherson's impressive May Combine performance, to go along with his dedication and work ethic, it seems as only a matter of time before that first offer will present itself.
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