McGehee elated with ASU pledge

Playing football for only two years and landing a Pac-12 scholarship offer is certainly not common in college recruiting, yet that is the scenario that played out for William McGehee. Only last Thursday, did the Navarro College offensive lineman found out that he will be visiting ASU. Once he was offered a scholarship he didn't hesitate to commit to the Sun Devils during his official visit.

"My pastor is good friends with the Arizona State head coach Todd Graham," McGehee said. "And also my junior college coach was coached by the (ASU) offensive line coach Bob Connelly. He sent him my game film and some information about me. I never knew I would get contacted by them.

"First time they (ASU) ever contacted me was Thursday and they asked me if I could come and visit them that weekend. I went down there with my parents and I got to see the campus, the dorms, the stadium…just everything they have to offer. The academic part impressed me the most and that was very important to my parents. I like what coach Graham has planned for the program and I know that all the coaches there will be looking out for my best interest wanting me to excel not only as a player but also as a student."

The lineman was hosted by quarterback Taylor Kelly and McGehee enjoyed the insight he was able to get into the program from a players' perspective.

"He (Kelly) introduced me to all the offensive linemen," McGehee recalled, "and I could tell how strong of camaraderie they have and how well they all work together. Everything just felt right on my visit. I was surprised to get the offer from Arizona State but it was an easy decision for me to commit to them."

The 6-5 310-pound William McGehee played basketball throughout high school at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, but said that when he understood that his play on the hardwood wouldn't lead to a basketball scholarship he decided to give football a try in his senior year.

The lineman commented that following his senior season he did get a few offers to walk-on to some Division I schools, so he decided to attend Navarro College to better his chances at a Division I scholarship.

Even though he played sparingly as a freshman at Navarro, coach Connelly saw enough in him to peak his interest and have him take a trip to Tempe this past weekend.

"He told me that even though I'm a big guy I'm athletic enough to still move around and I'm pretty flexible for my size," McGehee described. "Playing basketball obviously helped me move around well for someone my size. He told me that he knows he can mold me into a good offensive tackle. He really sees potential in me.

"I know I have a lot of work to do because I played (football) for only two years. I have a lot more to improve on. But I worked hard to get to where I'm at now. I wasn't really known at Navarro and I was ready to stay there another year so I can get a scholarship. So now I'm just going to work just as hard when I get to Arizona State."

As a full qualifier out of high school, McGehee will have four years to play three.


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