Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha wideout Derrick McPhearson had committed to Maryland earlier this summer, but has since backed off. However, the Terps are still very much in the mix for the three-star stud.
"Derrick has a bunch of offers, but has narrowed things down to four schools right now," said DeMatha head coach Bill McGregor. "It's Maryland, Virginia Tech, Pitt and Florida right now. He has an offer from all of them."
McPhearson, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder with blazing speed, hasn't set any official visits yet but plans to do so soon.
"He's been to Maryland plenty of times, but he wants to head to all four of his favorites on official visits so he can meet the players, coaches and feel the atmosphere," McGregor said. "That will determine where he ends up."
McPhearson caught only 13 passes last season as he watched current Terp Josh Wilson play the role of "go-to" receiver. This year it's his turn.
"Derrick should have an outstanding year for us," McGregor said. "He has everything you want in a wideout and is a great athlete."
McPhearson's older brother, Gerrick, is a defensive back at Maryland, something that could influence his decision. However, family ties won't be the final factor since his father went to Boston College and the Eagles are not in the mix.
"Derrick will make his own decision," said McGregor. "He's a strong-willed kid who is being smart about this process."