Posted: 9:07 pm Monday, March 9th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Palm Beach Central offensive lineman Shane McDermott, who will be a senior this fall, committed to play center at the University of Miami on Monday.
“It’s an amazing tradition,” McDermott said. “I love what’s going on there.”
McDermott (6-3, 250) made his decision after an unofficial visit to the campus last weekend. He had at least eight offers, including West Virginia, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt. West Virginia and South Florida were with Miami as his top three choices.
McDermott played left tackle for Palm Beach Central last year. He graded out at 95% and was named second team all-area. Broncos coach Rod Harris said he could move to center this season, which would help prepare him for college.
“He’s got the frame to be a 300-pound center,” Harris said.
Miami told McDermott the Hurricanes offered scholarships to three or four other prospects who could play center and said the first player to commit got the spot, but McDermott said that wasn’t a factor in his decision.
McDermott is the third area player from the Class of 2010 to commit early. Dwyer linebacker Matt Elam committed to the Florida Gators and Jupiter kicker Cody Parkey picked Auburn during the 2008 season.
McDermott is the first local player to make an early commitment since Pahokee’s Nu’Keese Richardson famously flipped on his decision last month. Richardson committed to the Gators last May, then chose Tennessee in the final week of recruiting.
“I’m not changing,” McDermott said. “I won’t play that game.”
Last year, Palm Beach Central linebacker Jon Bostic, the top-rated prospect in the area, had at least 30 offers by summertime, but waited until early January to announced he would enroll at Florida later that month.