Fountain Hills quarterback Luke McDermott, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior, has signed with Stetson, a Division I football program in Florida.
“I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to play D.I football,” McDermott said. “That has been my goal, but as a quarterback it is very hard to get recruited to D.I unless you have a five- or four-star rating, and especially if you play at a small school like I do.”
McDermott, who passed for 2,668 yards and 21 touchdowns on a 5-6 Division IV team last season, is the first Fountain Hills football player to go directly to a four-year Division I college to play football.
“I am proud to break the D.I barrier for Fountain Hills and hopefully help our players get more looks from D.I schools in the future,” he said. “I am excited about my opportunity at Stetson. They are building a new program there. They just reinstated football two years ago, so this year will be their third season. They are building the program with underclassmen, so no one on the team was more than a sophomore this past season, except one guy, and they still won five games and were close in three others.
“I think they have a really good head coach and staff and it will be fun to be part of what they are building there.”
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McDermott believes he has a chance to play early. He works with quarterback coach Rudy Carpenter on the side.
“I give him a ton of credit for getting me to this point,” McDermott said.