Film Study: Tyrique McGhee

Matt DeBary takes a look at Peach County ATH Tyrique McGhee on film.

Tyrique McGhee is a three star athlete who excels at multiple positions for Peach County High School including Defensive Back, Wide Receiver and, at times, Quarterback, as well as Kick/Punt Returner. There are many things to like about McGhee’s game, but the traits I liked the most are his leaping ability, his balance, and his toughness.

Although he plays multiple positions for Peach County, it looks like the new University of Georgia commit will be lining up at Defensive Back for the Bulldogs in 2016. When watching film, the first thing I noticed was that he brings a level of toughness and aggressiveness that I haven’t seen from many DB’s in this class so far. He is a good cover corner, but I love the way he attacks the ball. He can fly all over the field, and can get to the ball carrier in a hurry, often times behind the line of scrimmage. He tackles well, and brings somewhat of a swagger in his play that can impact his teammates just as much as the opponents.

When McGhee had the ball in his hands, I saw good balance and explosiveness. On one punt return in particular, McGhee made two defenders miss as soon as he caught the punt, and then tip toed down the sideline for big yards when most players would have fallen out of bounds. He then showed some speed down the sideline and took the punt return all the way to the end zone. He also uses his balance well at WR when catching the ball on the sideline.

The trait that stood out the most to me was his ability to jump. I noticed his toughness first, but then I saw him jump up in coverage to defend a pass, and noticed that this guy can flat out jump. He already has the size to play DB, but his ability to jump in the air and knock the ball away from defenders should make Coach Pruitt a very happy man when McGhee shows his skills in Athens.

One thing I would like to see out of McGhee is more big plays. He is a solid corner guy, but from the film I watched, I just wanted to see more big plays on either side of the ball. I did see one very impressive interception, and a great punt return for a touchdown, but he needs to be able to make big plays if he wants to see the field early in his career. Now I could be wrong and he could have made tons of plays that changed the course of the game--I just didn’t see it on this particular film.

Overall, McGhee is a good athlete who has a chance to come in and bring in more toughness to Pruitt’s defense. Although he is committed to Georgia, he is too good of an athlete for other teams to stop recruiting him. Solid DB prospect and good addition for the Bulldogs.

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