Tanner McKee

Scout 100 QB Tanner McKee Recaps Visits to Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Georgia and North Carolina

Corona (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Tanner McKee took advantage of his Spring Break and headed to the South to visit five programs out of the ACC and SEC.


Tanner McKee is one of the nation's elite quarterbacks, currently rated the No. 4 QB in the nation and No. 29 player nationally. 

He combines a live, accurate arm, quick release and the ability to stress a defense with his legs as well. His ability to escape pressure and run for positive yards surprises people as you don't see many 6-6 quarterbacks who can move around like McKee can but it's definitely a strength of his.

On the recruiting front, McKee hit the road last week and in successive order, visited AlabamaAuburnGeorgiaNorth Carolina  and  Duke. Every school minus Duke had already offered McKee prior to the visits and the Blue Devils offered him earlier today while he was on campus.

We caught up with McKee on his flight home to get his quick thoughts on each of the five programs and where his recruitment is at moving forward:

Alabama: "Coach Saban and Coach Daboll are awesome. I loved how intense and efficient they practice. Coach Saban doesn't miss anything and wants things done exactly how they should be. That's why they are so good."

Auburn: "I had lunch with Coach Lindsey, the OC and he's a good guy. They are looking to throw more and think I would fit their system well. I liked the facilities as well."

Georgia: "I loved the coaches there. Coach Chaney is the type of guy who when you meet him, you feel like you've known him your whole life. He has a lot of knowledge and a great sense of humor. Coach Smart was great too, really down to earth and I like their offensive system as well."

North Carolina: "Coach Fedora was awesome. I can tell he really cares about his players. He gave me some great advice about the recruiting process and choosing a school. I really got to know Coach Heckendorf as well. He's a great guy who loves developing quarterbacks and they have a great business program as well."

Duke: "Coach Cutcliffe is old school in a good way. He built his program on caring about your teammates and trust. He is an awesome guy who has helped develop some great quarterbacks. He is still good friends with Peyton and Eli Manning. Their system is very similar to what we run at Centennial HS and it's a great school academically as well."

McKee said he enjoyed all the visits and didn't have a favorite trip among the group.

"Overall, I was really impressed with all the schools," McKee said.  "I can't really pick out one ore two and say I liked those visits the best, they were all great. The visits for me were about gathering information and I have some serious thinking to do now. It's going to be a tough choice for me.

"My recruitment is unique because I'll be going on my (Mormon) Mission right out of high school. Every school said they're totally fine with the Mission thing, which I really appreciate. Every school brought in Mormon athletes to talk with me and show me where they go to church.

"I know most of these coaches haven't dealt with a kid who is choosing to serve a mission so I'm thankful they're willing to work with me. Coach Lupoi at Bama said he has family that are Mormon but I know it's new for everyone else. Since I'm taking a mission, I'm in no rush to make a decision and could still take a few official trips in the fall. I would love to see a game out there in the South, I've never been before but I heard it's awesome."

Next up for McKee will be a visit to UCLA this Saturday and then a visit to Texas the first weekend of May. BYU is also heavily involved and McKee just visited the Cougars to see their Spring Game last weekend.

"It was fun, it rained during the game but I still had a good time," McKee said. "I spent some time with Tanner Mangum and was able to sit down and watch film with Ty Detmer. I've been to BYU more than anywhere else and I have a strong comfort level.

"This whole process is really tough. I'm learning there are a lot of great schools with great coaches who are good guys too. I need to find the place where I'll be happy and where I can be developed on and off the field."

At this point, there is no timeframe for when McKee will make a decision. Most quarterbacks like to commit early, sometime in the spring/summer but with McKee taking a Mission right out of H.S, he'll basically count towards the '20 class so there's no urgency on his part. 

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