by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Ocean Lakes defensive tackle Demetri McGill made his commitment to the Terps in November. On Sunday, Head Coach Randy Edsall withdrew the scholarship offer. That leaves Demetri with three weeks before signing day to work out a new commitment. McGill has options, but the snub has Ocean Lakes Head Coach Chris Scott upset, and rightfully so.
Coach Scott got the call Sunday night. Now he’s scrambling trying to renew McGill’s other scholarship offers that he held before making his commitment. Some schools are still interested. Others have moved on.
“He has some pretty good options in East Carolina, ODU, Temple, and UNC, and a couple of other schools have called,” Coach Scott explained. It’s an unfortunate circumstance. I don’t understand the decision making process. Coach Edsall explained that due to their evaluation process, that they were going to be pulling the scholarship because of an assessment that Coach Edsall got back recently in regards to grades and meetings he had with university administrators.”
The Baltimore Sun reported on the issue but cited a knee injury as the reason for Maryland pulling the offer. In the article, they quote McGill as saying: “I had an MRI done. [Maryland] called me about it [and] told me their team doctors said I needed total reconstruction of my PCL, but my doctor said I didn’t need it. He doesn’t recommend that I need to have surgery.” McGill tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his sophomore season, but was shown on a highlight video from last winter dunking a basketball at 6-2 and 295 pounds.
Neither excuse (academics or health) sits well with Coach Scott.
“It’s a all a smokescreen,” said Scott. “Demetri has done nothing but go up in his grades. He has better grades than when he was offered and he committed. He has higher SAT scores and ACT scores. He was asked to take the test on the morning of the State Semifinals, which he did, then he went out and finished with 13 tackles. He sounds like the true definition of a student athlete, yet now he gets a call and they’re pulling his scholarship. (Maryland) asked him not to talk to any other schools at all since he was committed. He kept his promise and kept his word. It’s sad and disappointing that Maryland wasn’t able to keep their word.”
James Madison, Connecticut and Cincinnati had offered McGill last year, but those schools no longer have offers on the table for McGill. Now Demetri’s recruitment has reset.
“He’s taking it in stride and looking at it as an opportunity,” Coach Scott said. “He’s kept a great positive mind and all he’s been doing is working. He’s had his best year with grades, he’s had his best year with football, he’s fresh off a Chesapeake Bowl performance where all week he dominated. I’m not sure we’ll ever know the truth of what happened (at Maryland). He’s never missed a game with an injury. There’s nothing that they weren’t aware of from the beginning.”
McGill is working on setting up new college visits now, including UNC, where he had an impressive camp last summer. Several other Division I FBS schools recruiting the area still need defensive linemen in the 2013 class. McGill most certainly will find a good college home before signing day.
– Andy Hilton