Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military wide receiver Derrick McPhearson signed with Florida out of high school, but was on an official visit last week to Nebraska. So what's his status?
"I'm committed to Florida," said the 6-foot-0, 195-pounder. "But I plan on taking my official visits. I committed to Florida out of high school and consider myself still committed to them, but I'm making sure that it's the place for me."
McPhearson, who played quarterback and wideout this year at FUMA, enjoyed his trip to Nebraska last weekend.
"It was nice, something new for sure," said McPhearson. "It's a nice place and not too far from home for me. If it was too far, I wouldn't have taken the visit. Brandon Jackson was my host."
Is Florida still ahead of Nebraska following the visit.
"Yes sir," he said. "Like I said, Florida is still my school."
Next up for McPhearson is an official visit to Maryland this weekend (Dec. 10) and three visits in January.
"I am going to Virginia Tech on Jan. 14, LSU on Jan. 21 and Florida on Jan. 28," he said. "I'll compare all my visits to Florida in the end."
With the coaching change at Florida, some thought McPhearson would think twice about remaining a Gator.
"Coach Locksley is my recruiting coach and I talk to him all the time," he said. "He was just here for the combine we had and told me he's staying at Florida, which is big for me. I haven't talked to coach (Urban) Meyer yet, but I look forward to it."
McPhearson ran a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at the FUMA combine, the second-fastest on the day. He's working hard to improve his SAT score to qualify for next year.
"I'm getting good grades and my score goes up every time I take it," he said. "I plan on qualifying."
What will it take to knock the Gators out of the mix?
"Something very special," he said. "I've already been to Maryland and Virginia Tech on officials last year, but I want to see them again and talk to the coaches. LSU and Nebraska are new, so that is interesting. But I'm still committed to Florida."
The speedy wideout is ranked as the No. 11 prep school player in the country.