This isn’t just another game for North Ridgeville (Ohio) all-purpose back Demario McCall, who was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl during the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“This game means a lot to me, and even more to the people who take care of our country,” said McCall, whose grandfather served in the military, which was a major factor in his desire to play in the game. “It’s a great thing, and a great opportunity for me to show my talent.”
“I can’t go out there and slack, I need to compete and I want to compete. That’s what I’m willing to do, and that’s why I’m here.”
While McCall is competing and showing off his undeniable skill at January’s showcase of the nation’s premier talent, it won’t be for the coaches and to further his recruitment.
“I’m locked in with Buckeyes!” McCall told USA TODAY High School Sports.
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The 5-11, 180-pound back announced his commitment to The Ohio State University and Urban Meyer back in March, and he said his commitment hasn’t wavered.
“Every time I walked (around Ohio State), it just felt like home,” said McCall, who decided to stay within the friendly confines of the state of Ohio. “There was a little pull for me to stay here. It’s close to home, but it’s also the best school for me.”
McCall is the state’s No. 3 ranked player, and No. 2 at his position and No. 44 in the nation, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
Meyer and the Buckeye staff’s excitement is what really impressed McCall, who speaks highly of the national champion coach.
“Coach Meyer and I have a great relationship and I can’t wait to play for him,” McCall said. “He said I brighten up his day whenever I’m in Columbus, and he’s a great motivator.”
McCall then remembered a time at Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp, when he beat the entire camp in a race. Meyer went up to the future Buckeye, congratulated him, and told him “never let anyone beat you.”
“That’s something that’s always stuck with me, and I’ll never let anyone beat me now.”