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By Matt McCoy
Truth be told, recruiting is not one of my favorite subjects. It's a necessary evil in Columbus, Ohio where Buckeye Football is king, that we spend some time covering it on WTVN...but I wish I could ignore it.
In today's world, recruiting websites and scouting services have become big business, making national stars of 16 and 17 year old kids who have scholarship offers to big time programs. What often happens is monsters are created. Kids who aren't mature enough to handle the spotlight, are thrust into it, grow massive egos and speak and act like buffons.
Exhibit A is K.C. McDermott, a highly rated offensive lineman from Palm Beach Central High School in Florida. McDermott committed to the Miami Hurricanes in April but other programs, including Ohio State, continued to have interest.
In a recent interview with the Bleacher Report, McDermott tells the tale of meeting with and turning down Urban Meyer.
"The Urban Meyer thing was funny to me," McDermott told Bleacher Report. "I told him no to his face and it's got to be one of the top five reactions of someone ever. His facial expression was just so funny. My coach was tearing up and had to go in his office and laugh....It litterally looked like a kid the first time you tell him 'no, you can't do something.' It looked like (Meyer) was a bady about to cry. It was so funny."
The story of McDermott's rejection ended up going national last week, with cbssports.com and others picking it up because of the juicy quotes about Meyer.
"My initial reaction as always is I think we spend way too much time and energy on high school recruits," 610 WTVN Football analyst Stan Jackson said of McDermott's comments. "It's not an exact science. There's no guarantee that any kid, whether he's five-star or one star, is going to pan out to be anything. Sometimes I think we give them a little too much too fast."
I could not agree more with Stan. K.C. McDermott may be a whale of a football player and he may be a terrific kid...but right now, at age 17, he a) thinks he's better than he is...and b) clearly lacks maturity.
For anyone to show this much disrespect to any college football coach is mind boggling to me. What's happened in this era of football recruiting over coverage is that some kids become convinced that they are entitled superstars and they lose perspective on reality. K.C. McDermott is a 17 year old offensive lineman who has accomplished nothing in college football, yet his ego has stroked by fans and bloggers to the point that he believes his bigger than the game and he's bigger than the coaches.
I hope for his sake he's brought back down to earth. I hope he has parents or some authority figure who tells him you do no speak about or to adults in this manner. I hope there's a really good kid in there that can learn and become a good example to others because right now he's nothing more than an arrogant blowhard.
To listen to Stan Jackson's comments on the McDermott story click HERE:
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