National Signing Day for college football recruiting is the
summation of a months’ long journey for fans, coaches, and perspective players.
While the focus is primarily on a given year’s senior class great attention is
also given to underclassmen by college coaches combing various areas to mine
needed gridiron talent for future classes. One of those gems in the near future
will be Class of 2016 tight end/defensive end Cam McCormick.
The Summit High School star
, listed at 6’5”, 225 pounds, already has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Montana State,
and Boise State with programs like Colorado, among others, giving heavy looks.
The Storm went 7-3 in 2014 with McCormick earning First-Team
All-State honors at tight end and Second-Team All-State honors at defensive
end/outside linebacker. Under the guidance of former New York Giants tight end
Kevin Boss and 1993 No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Drew Bledsoe, one can image
McCormick receiving all the tools needed for success at the high school level
before heading off to the college ranks.
One year away from being a prized piece to a recruiting
class, McCormick answered a couple of questions about his thoughts and
impressions of National Signing Day 2015.
Cam, what impressed you the
most about schools showing interest in you on NSD?
“I am most impressed with the emphasis the schools are
placing on academics. I thought they would be all about football, but it
seems they are placing a heavier emphasis on me as a person. They all have
a great interest in developing me not only as an athlete, but building life
skills I can take with me into the future. As one college stated, focusing
on Plan B (football) for as long and far as it will take me, but working even
harder on Plan A.
I am also impressed with the extensive research the colleges
perform prior to extending an offer. They all want to make sure they are
offering the right guys, and are trying to make the best fit possible for their
respective program. Personally, I feel much better receiving an offer from
a school I know did their research, than a school who is just trying to jump on
the band wagon. It shows the school is genuinely interested.”
Were there any other schools that impressed you with the
class that they signed in 2015? If so, which schools and how?
“Although I did not have a lot of time to follow many
schools, I do know the Ducks did quite well with their 2015 recruiting
class. They signed individuals who will increase their chances of earning
a national title. I also believe they were in the Top 15 from a talent
perspective. I think it speaks volumes about the school/program/coaches
due primarily to their location – most recruits come from out of state. It’s
more difficult to recruit non-local athletes than it is to recruit local talent.”
Did National Signing Day inspire you in anyway? If so, how
and in what way?
“National Signing Day was a huge inspiration for me! Watching
all the athletes’ dreams become reality motivates me to work that much harder. I
think NSD made it more real to me. The countdown has now started for my
graduating class, and I couldn’t be more excited!”
Did anything about NSD change how you feel about the
recruiting process good or bad?
“I think it just got me more excited for my graduating class
to experience it.”
Is there anything about the recruiting process that you
would like see changed? If so, what and how would you change it?
“As more and more athletes are being offered scholarships
earlier and earlier, I would like to see the rules around official visits
change. As a junior being recruited, I obviously want to find out as much
as I can about each college to make an educated decision. Before I make
that decision, I want to visit each campus, speak to the coaches in person, and
meet with current players on the roster.
“How the process is currently structured, my family has to
incur the costs of all those visits, which is very expensive. If the rules
changed, the colleges could help offset some of those expenses making it
affordable. I want to make my decision prior to my senior year, so I can
remain focused on my season and graduation. By doing this, I forfeit my
five official visits, because I wouldn’t officially visit a school other than
the one to which I am committed. If I wait until senior year to commit, I
risk the chance of someone else taking my scholarship.
“I also feel the coaches should be able to reach out to the athlete
and/or his/her family. It makes it difficult to communicate and really
find out if a college is the right fit with all the regulations currently in
Have you started recruiting other players currently
uncommitted to join you in 2016? If so, who and how are you recruiting them?
What’s your pitch?
“Once I make my own decision, I will probably connect with
others who remain uncommitted. At this point, it’s hard to be convincing
when I haven’t reached a decision myself.”
For more on Cam McCormick follow the link to a previous Elite Sports Network interview with the Class of 2016 two-way star.
Photo credit: bendbulletin.com; No. 84 Cam McCormick.