Posted: 12:02 pm Friday, March 1st, 2013

New twist in Palm Beach Central OL Kc McDermott’s recruitment 

By Jeff Greer

Miami already has Shane McDermott on its roster, and should have the starting center for at least one more season. Looks like Notre Dame’s keeping up with the Canes.

Notre Dame on Wednesday hired Tyler McDermott, the eldest brother of Shane and Palm Beach Central’s prized junior tackle Kc McDermott, as a graduate assistant. Tyler, who was a lineman at Colorado State, will work with the Irish offense. More importantly, the Irish raised the stakes in the fiercely competitive recruitment of Kc, who’s considered one of the top three offensive tackles in the country in the Class of 2014, and already has Alabama, Florida and Miami, in addition to Notre Dame and countless other programs, battling for his services.

Randy McDermott, the boys’ father, said Friday that Notre Dame hired Tyler through Tony Alford, Notre Dame’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach who was responsible for landing top-rated American Heritage running back Greg Bryant in this year’s class. Alford played at Colorado State and knew Tyler McDermott through their alumni connection. Alford, along with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and head coach Brian Kelly, has been doggedly recruiting Kc.

But, Randy added, Tyler only accepted the graduate assistant position with the guarantee he wasn’t being hired to help in the recruitment of Kc. Tyler, who was also a star at Palm Beach Central, as was Shane, is on the career path toward coaching, and wants to work on scouting, development and other coaching aspects.

“Tyler made it very clear to Notre Dame in the interview process that he was not interested in the job if that was their goal,” Randy McDermott said in an email.

Still, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have one of Kc’s brothers on staff. McDermott, a smart, cautious kid who plans to graduate from high school early and enroll at his future college in January, is already trimming down his list of college options. He plans to make a decision before the high school season starts in the fall.

Sources at Palm Beach Central said recently McDermott’s top five would likely include Miami, Notre Dame and Florida, for certain, with the other favorites not quite as clear. Indications are Alabama should be in that mix, and possibly Michigan.