Lamar OL gives a Midwest school verbal

Houston Lamar is known for producing some of the state's top recruits over the years. In 2008, things are no different. OL Scott McPherson is going into his senior season with a good idea of where he will end up next fall. TPI caught up with him to discuss his colligate athletic future.

Houston Lamar offensive lineman Scott McPherson played a key role on a front that help the Redskin team advance to the area playoffs in 2006. Now as he heads into his final season, he has gained the attention of a few Division I colleges.

"My coach (Tim Nolen) started sending my tapes out and he told me that they (Illinois State) wanted to offer," McPherson said. "That was back in June. Here recently, I called them and told them I would commit."

With McPherson's busy summer schedule, he has not made the trip to the Midwest to see Redbirds coaching staff or the campus yet. But either way, he chose to commit early for a reason.

"I called coach (Holmon) Wiggins and told him I'm in," he said. "I wanted to find a place to call home. I plan to go up there during the school year."

The 6-2, 270-pound tackle, though he has made the verbal commitment, still is open to other schools of interest. Louisiana-Lafayette is another school that is high on his list and he hopes his game play will attract more.

He is a two-year starter who has a bench press max of nearly 300 pounds. Last season, he was one of the linemen who blocked for the Redskins' top running back Kalvin Guyton (over 900 yards rushing).

"I think I did pretty good for a first-year varsity player," McPherson said about his 2006 performance. "This year our line will be smart and strong and I look to be the leader."

Team success is something that is very important to McPherson. After a 9-3 finish, he looks to help the team do more in 2007.

"Last year we beat Aldine 35-21 in bi-district before losing to Cy Fair in the area round," McPherson said. "I'm trying to stack up the pancakes and help us get deep into the playoffs."


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