Centennial High School (Corona, CA) quarterback Tanner McKee has seen his recruiting profile skyrocket this offseason. Much of the pub has come from his performances on the camp circuit but he also showed he could get it done on the field in 2016, leading the Huskies to an 11-2 record and finishing eighth in the nation according to MaxPreps.
"Our season went great," McKee said. "We played a tough schedule. Our only 2 losses were to IMG Academy by 1 point, who ended up ranked second in the nation and St. John Bosco by 2 points, who ended up ranked 4th in the nation I believe. I learned a lot. It was a good year."
Having passed for 3,522 yards along with 36 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 2016, Mckee recently locked up an invite to the prestigious Elite 11 finals with a MVP performance on February 5th in Houston, TX during the Nike Opening Regional Combine there. Combines can be nerve-wracking affairs but Mckee said he was up for the challenge.
"I just went out and had fun," McKee said of his performance. "I love football and I love competing. I am at my best when I'm focused and relaxed. I've been to a few of these events in the past so I knew what to expect and what I needed to do. Fortunately, I was able to make some good throws and get the invite. I am really grateful for the opportunity to compete in the finals."
As a result of his prodigious play, McKee is reeling in scholarship offer after scholarship offer. He boasts 14 offers currently, including notable P5 programs like Georgia, Louisville, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Colorado, and Utah, in addition to an offer he received from BYU last June. The interest doesn't stop there as McKee says he is also hearing from UCLA, Stanford, Alabama, LSU, Washington, and Arizona State, among others.
McKee is listed at 6-6, 220-pounds but he isn't a statue in the backfield as his passing statistics noted above would indicate. He also rushed for 539 yards and 15 touchdowns for Centennial in 2016, earning him comparisons to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, even though he notes that he prefers Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' game. Both Ryan and Rodgers are guys who prefer to let the ball fly but can tuck it and run when needed so the comparisons to McKee seem apt. It also doesn't hurt that McKee has played volleyball at a high level growing up as well.
McKee said he has a list of schools that he really likes but that it's too early for him to name a Top 5 list right now. He did note that BYU is among his top schools when he received his offer from the Cougars last June. He will be hitting the road this spring and summer to visit a number of schools around the country. He said he is planning on visiting BYU sometime in April.
McKee, who is LDS, has family ties to BYU and says he likes what Kalani Sitake is building in Provo and that he has enjoyed interacting with BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer.
"I would say I have a good relationship with BYU," McKee stated. "I like the staff. Ty [Detmer] has come down a few times to see me. He is great. I think BYU is moving in the right direction. I like the culture they are creating. Taking competing and winning seriously."