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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – As Crab Bowl practices kicked off on Monday, it became very clear very early that the Washington D.C. team is loaded with talent at every position from top to bottom. With big-name prospects like Jelani Jenkins, Sean Stanley and Pete DeSouza making plays it was easy to be impressed but one prospect that hasn't gotten some of the national accolades as some of his all-star teammates managed to stand out from the crowd.
Emmanuel McPhearson out of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha was a tough task to cover for some very good cornerbacks on Wednesday evening. He was effective in one-on-ones at wide out, he was effective out of the slot and he even may get an opportunity to help out in special teams.
At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, McPhearson could be either a slot receiver or a defensive back on the next level. With limited recruiting interest, more performances like his practice on Wednesday night could go a long way to helping that interest pick up. Despite his evident talent, McPhearson's first offer came in only recently.
"I got an offer from New Mexico last Saturday," McPhearson said. "That's my only offer so far. I had a chance to check out the campus online. I'll be taking an official visit ther Jan. 23 so we'll see how it is then."
A versatile athlete, New Mexico is looking at McPhearson on both sides of the ball while Syracuse likes him as a defensive back. Most other programs like him as a slot receiver.
"I'm getting interest from Syracurse, Boston College, a little bit from West Virginia and Delaware," he said.
Who does McPearson hope to hear more from?
"Definitely BC, West Virginia, maybe even Maryland. Then I can stay home and play ball."
With all the talent on the field around him, McPhearson is excited about the opportunity to stand out in this crowd.
"Definitely being out here with all this potential and having a chance to shine, it should be great."