Quarterback wants to take time

Arizona offered quarterback Khari McGee this week. Read on for his thoughts on the offer, timetable, and more.

Signing Day is always a day of frustration for some coaches and fans, while it is a joy and celebration for others. The reason behind this is the last minute decisions by recruits about which college to attend that could make or break a school's recruiting class.

It may be early, but Edison (Calif.) quarterback Khari McGee will let his recruitment last until the very last day of the recruiting season. He will not verbally commit to a school and will instead just sign a letter of intent on signing day.

"I'm going to let any school be available," McGee said. "I'm not going to choose a school or commit until Signing Day."

McGee holds scholarship offers from Arizona, Eastern Washington and Utah at this point. He is looking to get more offers by time he decides, but already has a top three, which, surprisingly, only has one of the offering schools in it.

"My top three would have to be USC, UCLA, and Arizona," he said.

The senior-to-be has had plenty of contact with the Wildcat coaching staff, talking to Head Coach Rich Rodriguez and Offensive Coordinator Rod Smith. They have invited him to campus and talked about McGee's game film. "They were talking to me about my film and how I fit in with the offense," McGee said. "They have talked about what's going to be new at Arizona and what to be expecting."

One of the new things that the coaches have talked to McGee about is the new copper helmet that Arizona recently released. The helmets are a nice addition, but not something that the quarterback is looking at when he looks at Arizona. Instead, he focuses on the direction of the program.

"I'm really just looking to see if they are a winning team, or if they are just missing that one guy or the coaches," he said. "A whole bunch of schools have the talent, but don't have the right coaches or have the right coaches, but just don't have the right talent. At Arizona, they have the right coaches, but nobody knows if they have the right talent yet."

While McGee has other offers, he says the Arizona offer is special.

"It has motivated me even more to keep doing what I'm doing," McGee said. "All the hard work that I've been putting in is starting to pay off and I can't give up. I just have to keep working."

McGee will try to improve his overall game throughout the summer at various camps. His focus points will be his arm slot and knowledge of defenses. He feels that the other aspects of his skill set will improve with time, however, McGee won't label himself as a specific type of quarterback.

"Honestly, I don't see myself as any specific quarterback," McGee said. "I just see myself as a quarterback that can do both, but when it comes down to it, I'll get the job done. If you need to pass right now, I'll pass. If you need to run, I'll run.

"Whether we need to get a first down, or go down the field to win the game, I'll do whatever it takes."

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