December 17, 2010

Hokies offer versatile target

Virginia Tech extended a new scholarship recently to a massive target. The offer is the first for the jumbo prospect, but the Hokies aren't the only school showing interest as a fair number of other colleges are interested as well.

"Well, I just kind of made a list of schools I'd like to send my tape to, I put everywhere I could and I was just waiting to hear back," Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth tight end Conor McDermott said. "I got a call from Virginia Tech on Saturday. They said they really liked my size and they were really interested and wanted to offer and were intrigued to see me in about a year.

"Oh yeah, it was pretty exciting. It is a greyshirt offer, where I have to wait a semester. That's fine with me, I would love to go there."

Since pulling the offer, McDermott has done a bit of research on the Hokies.

"They've got a great reputation and a great football program," he said. "I went on their website and I liked how the mountains were and how beautiful it was. I'm excited about the visit.

"I really like Virginia Tech. Once I pick a date in January, I don't really know when as I've got to find a weekend between basketball games."

Tech isn't the only school showing interest.

"I got a visit from Auburn's coach, he said he was going to watch my film," he said. "I went to camp there this summer.

"I did get calls from Nebraska, Kansas, Tulane and UCLA were showing interest. Many thought I could be an offensive tackle, but when Virginia Tech called, they talked to my dad and like me as a big tight end. They are the first school talking to me at tight end."

With an offer in hand and a visit inevitable, is the 6-foot-8, 245-pounder thinking about a decision?

"I talked to my mom about it the other day and she said whatever feels right," he said. "Obviously I don't want to wait too long. I think it'll be sometime after my visit in January before Signing Day in February.

"I'm looking for a good education and a campus I can see myself at. I'm interested in architecture although I know it's very difficult while playing football."

In terms of his ability, McDermott played tight end this season for Ensworth and was a left tackle as a junior last year.

"I did pretty well last year, it was my first year really playing. I played m freshman and sophomore year, but that was the first year I started," he said. "Then, I played tight end this year. At the beginning of the season I was more of a blocker and then in the playoffs they threw the ball to me and I had three receptions for 34-yards."

Obviously McDermott's play is limited at tight end, what sticks out about him?

"My height and my size I guess, I've got good feet for my size and from what I've heard from other people," he said. "I just have to get faster, stronger and gain more weight."

Not surprisingly McDermott is a multi-sport athlete.

"I throw the discuss in track and I play basketball," he said. "I have been recruited for basketball as I averaged 13-points a game last year and in a few games this year I'm averaging over 16. I'm mainly focused on football.

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