Better late than never? That worked well for DeAnthony Patrick and his college choice.
The McGavock High School quarterback compiled almost 2,500 yards of total offense and led the Raiders to the 6A playoffs. Even after graduation in May, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound speedster was virtually ignored by recruiters until last week when he signed with Cumberland University in Lebanon.
"I'm at loss to why he didn't receive more attention,'' fourth-year McGavck coach Jay Gore said Thursday. "He was a terrific offensive player, a 6-3 athlete who also played strong safety and outside linebacker on defense. The only reason he didn't play more on defense there is we wanted to give him, as our quarterback, a little rest.''
No McGavock football players signed through the time school was out, but Patrick was one of two who did so last week. Maxcell Miller, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound free safety, signed with Lindsey-Wilson (Ky.).
"It's been a strange year for recruiting,'' Gore said. "There were a lot of coaches who showed considerable interest in both DeAnthony and Maxcell early on. But when the numbers added up and coaches started getting commitments, they apparently backed off our guys.”
Even at the last minute, some were still trying.
"We went to a camp last week for workouts, and some our guys caught the eyes of two other coaches who were there, and they were asking if they could back out of their commitments,'' Gore said. "We told them no, they had firm commitments, they were too late, they should have gotten on board (with Patrick and Miller) much earlier.
"(Cumberland) coach Donnie Suber said he was really happy to land someone of Patrick's ability.”
Gore is well versed in the recruiting ways.
He had three sign after the 2011 season. The most noteworthy was highly rated Caleb Azubike, a Hume award finalist who signed with Vanderbilt. At defensive end, Azubike had a Vanderbilt freshman record four sacks and played in every game.
"Caleb went from 229 pounds to 263 at Vanderbilt, and it's been fun watching him progress,'' Gore said.
• With the departure of boys basketball coach Marlin Simms last month, Gore has been named McGavock athletic director by principal Robbin Wall. Simms resigned to take the boys head coaching position at Cane Ridge High.
Assistant Paul Childress was named Simms’ replacement.
"It's a great hire,'' Gore said. "[Childress] is a very good coach, and he really knows his X's and O's.”
Gore also said, thanks in part to Wall, that locker room and football facilities have been upgraded and that two softball fields have been added.
• The coaching carousel has continued in Metro football.
Antioch head coach Mike Woodward left to become head coach at Brentwood High. Offensive coordinator Brad Peden (son of Ryan line coach Steve Peden) was elevated to the Antioch head coaching position. Scott Murray left Whites Creek High to become head coach at Hunters Lane.