Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central rising junior offensive tackle K.C. McDermott recently hit the road for a Midwest swing. His father, Randy McDermott, recapped the trip.
"We had the chance to visit Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame this past weekend," Randy McDermott, K.C.'s father, said. "It was a pretty impressive trip to say the least. Each of those programs are so steeped in tradition and history that it was just so neat to see. Not to mention that they are some of the best universities in the U.S.
"We got the chance to spend about 4 or 5 hours on each campus and meet with not only the football staff and training staff's but also with the academic side of each program," McDermott added. "It was very in-depth and gave K.C. a good overview of each program. We met with Urban (Meyer at Ohio State) for an hour and 20 minutes and also Brian Kelly at Notre Dame for about a half hour. (Michigan's) Brady Hoke and (Michigan State's) Mark Dantonio were at the Big 10 meetings when we were on campus at Michigan and Michigan State so K.C. will be speaking to them by phone this week.
Prior to this recent trip, McDermott has also seen Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Miami, South Florida, and UCF. The recent visits stand out to McDermott's father.
"Each school has their own pluses and it shapes up to be a tough decision down the line since this is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the total number of schools that K.C. is interested in," McDermott said. "It was a great start though and a great trip to see some iconic programs."
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle will hit the road again this coming weekend to check out an in-state program before his upcoming season gets underway.
"We are going to Florida this Saturday," McDermott said. "His football practices start next Monday, so we probably won't get out to many places after that."
McDermott already claims offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Florida, and Wisconsin.