Rochester graduate rewriting records at the next level

By: Timothy Pontzer | Rochester Post | Published December 12, 2017

 Heidelberg University senior wide receiver Demetrius Magee runs downfield during a contest earlier this season. A 2014 graduate of Rochester High, Magee finished his career at Heidelberg with 171 catches for 2,406 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Heidelberg University senior wide receiver Demetrius Magee runs downfield during a contest earlier this season. A 2014 graduate of Rochester High, Magee finished his career at Heidelberg with 171 catches for 2,406 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Photo courtesy of Doug Sampson/ Heidelberg Athletics

ROCHESTER — Demetrius Magee closed out his career with a bang.

In his final collegiate football contest, the 2014 Rochester High graduate led Heidelberg University to a 63-20 victory over Capital University. The senior wideout notched 10 receptions for 138 yards and five touchdowns.

The five trips across the goal line set a new school record for most in a game and tied the mark for the Ohio Athletic Conference.

“I knew it would be my last game, so I had to go out and give it my all,” Magee said. “My high school coaches drove down to come see me, and I wanted to make some plays for them.”

Rochester coach Erik Vernon made the three-hour trek to Tiffin, Ohio, bringing with him Falcons receiving coach Bill Ames and a former teammate of Magee’s, Nick Reed.

“It really meant a lot for them to come see me in my last one,” Magee said. “I found out they were coming the day before, and I wanted to put on a show for them to let them know what they meant to me.”

Magee’s performance helped him further rewrite the program’s record book, as his 32 career touchdown receptions are a new high mark. Vernon said he was not surprised to see Magee’s success, calling him one of the best wide receivers he has ever coached in his decade at Rochester.

“It was really great to see — he certainly made it worth the trip,” Vernon said with a laugh. “Coach Ames has been here as long as I have, and we both still talk about him. He was just a playmaker for us. We’d always say that players make plays, and he was always that guy for us.”

Magee credits both Vernon and Ames for helping him to flourish at the next level.

“Coach Ames helped me with my hands and concentrating on the ball,” Magee explained. “(Vernon) helped me to not be lazy and how to work hard if I wanted to get results. He was a mentor to me and always gave me great advice for life and football. He never gave these big rah-rah speeches, but he taught us how players make plays, and that always inspired me.”

Magee’s name also appears throughout the record book at Rochester, with highs in touchdowns for a season and an overall career. He was a three-year varsity player, earning first-team All-Oakland Activities Association honors and team MVP honors as a senior. His 12 scores in that senior campaign set the school record, a season Vernon called remarkable.

“We’d just have to throw the ball up to him, and he’d always come down with it,” Vernon recalled. “He was also one of the best defensive backs I’ve had; he was always pulling down interceptions. You could tell he was a great football player. There are certain kids who just have those innate football skills, and he definitely had them.”

Magee praised his time with the Falcons, calling it crucial for his development.

“I had a lot of fun and made a lot of memories there,” Magee said. “I definitely remember the rivalry games, especially the ones against (Rochester Hills) Stoney Creek. I can remember every single one. We never did too well against (Rochester) Adams, but we had some great fights with Stoney.”

At Heidelberg, Magee finished with 171 receptions for 2,406 yards and the program record 32 touchdowns. He earned the Ed Sherman Award twice, which is annually given out to the OAC’s top receiver.

“It was a satisfying career, I’m proud of what I was able to do,” Magee said. “I’ll be honest — I thought a lot about leaving when I first came here. I came in with a big head and thought Division 3 was just some walk in the park. But it turned out to be a great experience, and I tried to make the most of it.”

Magee is set to graduate this year with a degree in business administration. He has hopes of competing in camps and combines to try and get a chance at the NFL. He also wants to start his own business focused on athletic training for children.

“Demetrius has such a great personality (that) he’s going to be successful in whatever he chooses to do,” Vernon said. “I’m very proud to say that he went to Rochester. It’s good for our current high school players to see him, because there haven’t been many from here to go on like that. I’m extremely proud of him.”