McDermott Vai isn't that well-known in recruiting circles just yet, but his numbers the last two seasons certainly reflect that the Frogs landed a special playmaker.
At 6-foot-4, 250-pounds, McDermott Vai recorded 17 sacks as a junior, tying the Missouri state record. He had another impressive season as a senior, collecting 75 tackles, 15 sacks and 20 tackles for loss; garnering first team All-State honors.
The newest TCU commit also held offers from Northern Illinois, South Dakota, Western Illinois and North Dakota among others. McDermott Vai visited Ft. Worth last weekend when the Frogs took on Baylor in the season finale.
"The facilities were awesome," McDermott Vai said with excitement. "I felt like I was home, surrounded by Christian followers was another awesome thing."
McDermott Vai also developed a great relationship with his future coaches and teammates while in town.
"I loved the coaching staff; I had a strong relationship with them, just like I do here at my high school coaches," he said. "It was a great experience and I can't wait to be back. The players were also good, strong athletes that I would love to be with that next four years or so."
The relationship between TCU and McDermott Vai began just a few weeks ago thanks to a coach seeing his highlight tape for the first time.
"Coach (Kenny) Perry found my highlight tape. As soon as he found me he contacted my head coach and that's where everything got started," he said.
He received an offer following his visit to TCU and after discussing the opportunity with family and friends the next few days; McDermott Vai made his decision on Friday night.
"Hard work pays off and it truly did. I committed last night. On my visit I felt like I was around my family," he said. "That's how strong it was and my parents felt comfortable. It was great."