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April 2, 2013
Wellington (FL) Palm Beach Central 4-star OT K.C. McDermott is following in big brother Shane's footsteps.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder announced today that he is a Miami Hurricane. He will overlap with his brother there for one year, 2014.
McDermott said staying near his friends and family played a big role in the decision, which he announced at his school.
"Recruiting has been a great time, I really enjoyed it," McDermott said at his announcement ceremony before declaring "I decided to stay home and go to the U."
He later said "It's a great university, an up-and-coming football team."
He will graduate in December and arrive at Miami in January.
His coach, Rod Harris, said McDermott is "probably the most dominating lineman this county has seen in 20 years."
McDermott chose UM over Notre Dame. He'd visited both schools in the last week, and a visit to Miami for the March 28 practice followed by a team/recruit barbecue sealed the deal.
He committed at that practice but wanted to wait until today to formally announce it.
"I really like the atmosphere at Miami," McDermott said. "And, like my brother, I like to go fishing every weekend."
He added that "I very seriously considered Notre Dame. It's a great school."
He says Notre Dame coaches told him they won't give up on him but that "nothing's going to change" with his decision, adding that "It's a huge relief" to have the decision done.
This is a decision that's been in the works since last May, when McDermott declared that the Canes were his frontrunner.
It certainly helped that mom and dad were on board.
"My parents are definitely favorites of Miami, not just because Shane went there," McDermott said. "My dad has loved Miami and my mom is right along with him. They see what they do with Shane at the school and love it."
McDermott built a strong relationship with his position coach, Art Kehoe, as well as head coach Al Golden during the recruiting process.
Of Kehoe, McDermott said "He's a great person, is hilarious, probably the funniest guy I know. He doesn't stop talking about football, just story after story about football."
He adds that "I love Coach Golden as a coach because Shane tells me all the time about him, how good he is, how he's really reloading the program and how there's no doubt in his mind they'll be winning championships. ... (The coaches) definitely care about what they're doing. They have no doubt in their mind that they're coming up and that they'll be champions of some sort soon.
"Everyone is just 100 percent committed to winning football games and making sure you go on to the next level of your life. ... The school is second to none. It seems like a really good opportunity to go on with the next step."
McDermott will pursue an engineering degree at UM.
* McDermott said having Shane at UM and an older brother that's an assistant at Notre Dame didn't weigh into the decision.
"This was a decision for me, not for anyone else," he said.