Posted: 11:33 am Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Kc McDermott: Palm Beach Central “working harder than ever” 

By Jeff Greer

Countless college fan bases are following the recruitment of Palm Beach Central junior Kc McDermott, but that doesn’t affect the massive offensive lineman, who comes from a family known for producing hulking blockers.

Kc McDermott (52, center) has big plans for Palm Beach Central this fall.

McDermott (6-6, 285 pounds) just returned from a family trip to visit Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State, and he’ll visit Florida this weekend, but after that, it’s all business. The junior, who has at least 10 verbal BCS scholarship offers already, is turning his entire focus on Palm Beach Central’s fall season, one loaded with anticipation after the program’s first playoff run in school history last fall.

The Broncos have a massive offensive line, with McDermott and Nickedel Pierre as the crown jewels, and athletes Trint Hanson, Lloyd Howard, Rudolph St. Germain and Ray Wilson. They also have one of the toughest schedules in the county, something McDermott acknowledged. Central plays out-of-district games against Royal Palm Beach, Seminole Ridge and Palm Beach Gardens, and is in the same district as last year, with Boca, John I. Leonard and Park Vista.

“We need reporters to let people know Central is for real this year,” McDermott said. “We’ve been working harder than we ever have.”

McDermott, whose older brothers Shane (Miami) and Tyler (Colorado State) were both heavily recruited linemen out of Central, has connections to several big-name programs. Miami and Florida are the home-state favorites, while Michigan has two close connections to the McDermotts. Darrell Funk, who coached Tyler at Colorado State, is now Michigan’s O-line coach, while Al Borges, who recruited Tyler for Auburn, is also with the Wolverines now.

He’ll likely end up ranked in the nation’s top 100 recruits next year, but McDermott, who said he enjoyed his trip up north and has started to nail down specifics on what he’s looking for, has no interest in that conversation yet. He’s all business.

“Yes, I did (enjoy the trips), but I’m focused on high school football now,” McDermott said.

Considering local coaches call him one of the best linemen they’ve ever seen, that’s a scary prospect.

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