Wellington, Fla. – Senior offensive tackle Kc McDermott (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central High) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla. on Wednesday.
The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.
McDermott, a Miami Hurricanes commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors.
The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
“I would just like to take this time to thank my teammates and my family for all that they provide for me ... all they do for me,” McDermott said. “Honestly, without you guys this would never happen. I need you guys every single day in and out of practice. You guys make my life a lot better."
Palm Beach Central head coach Rod Harris doubt he’ll ever coach another lineman with the ability of McDermott.
“Kc is a special player for so many reasons. He is the total package. He is a 3.3 in the classroom, his work ethic is unparalleled, his knowledge of the game ... he’s a coach on the field and like I said, his gifts at 6-foot-6, 300-pounds with great feet, tenacity. Like I said, I don’t know if I will ever coach a lineman as good as him in my lifetime.”
McDermott points to the prestige, coaches and players that came before him in leading him to select the Under Armour All-America Game.
“I decided to come to the All-American because this game has a great prestige, great coaches ... Herm Edwards and Steve Mariucci. We have great uniforms, great gifts given out during the week. You are in Orlando for the week, get to go to Disney, a bunch of fun stuff, about it and the best competition, obviously. It’s a great experience definitely to be mentioned with these names like Julio Jones, the greats like Braxton Miller, Duke Johnson, my brother Shane [McDermott] was in it.”
The 6-foot-6, 301-pound McDermott is the No. 45-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 5 offensive tackle in the class. He committed to Miami (Fla.) over Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida and a number of others.