McDermott facing ‘tough' decision

Two-sport athlete still undecided

Geoffrey McDermott has heard all the recruiting pitches from his suitors. But he still does not know where he wants to attend college. In fact, McDermott is not only torn between schools, he is torn between sports.

After taking an official visit to the University of Wisconsin this weekend (Jan. 28-30), McDermott is in the same spot he was in prior to the trip. With the Feb. 2 signing day bearing down on him, McDermott is considering football scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Rutgers and Syracuse.

All three of those schools have told him he can also play basketball at their school. McDermott, however, is still considering basketball-only interest from Providence (scholarship offer), South Florida, Villanova and West Virginia.

"I hope I can make a decision by Wednesday," McDermott said.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound athlete played quarterback and defensive end for New Rochelle (N.Y.) High School. Syracuse and Wisconsin offered him a scholarship to play tight end, while Rutgers offered him as a quarterback. On the basketball court, McDermott plays the ‘1' through ‘4' spots and is expected to play guard in college.

Syracuse, Rutgers and Wisconsin will all send him a letter of intent, McDermott said, but he has no idea if he is even going to make a decision by Wednesday.

"It's real tough. It's the biggest decision I have to make my whole life," he said. "It's pretty hectic. It's coming down to the signing date and all the coaches are trying to get me to go to their school. A lot of phone calls."

And what would happen if he cannot decide by Wednesday?

"I haven't talked to them about that," McDermott said.

The signing period for football actually lasts through April 1, but it is relatively rare for a school to not have all of its letters of intent signed on the first day of the signing period.

McDermott said he enjoyed his visit to Wisconsin. Freshman fullback Chris Pressley was his host.

"It went good," McDermott said. "Went to see the facilities. Saw the Kohl Center, Camp Randall. That was about it. Talked to all the coaches."

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