Recruiting 2004: The Burnet Bomber

One of the nation's most sought after quarterback prospects this year will be <B>Stephen McGee</B> from Burnet, Texas.

One of the nation's most sought after quarterback prospects this year will be Stephen McGee from Burnet, Texas. McGee, 6-3 and 200 pounds, has already been offered scholarships from schools like Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. That's impressive considering it is still early March.

"Stephen will be a three-year starter," Burnet Head Coach Bob Shipley said. "He is such a smart quarterback that that is very, very focused. We run a wide open offense and run a little option and he can do it all. I think he could pretty much fit any offense in college. He makes good reads and can throw. His strongest characteristic is that he gets the football to the right receiver."

McGee actually calls a lot of plays at the line of scrimmage. That's the great benefit of having an experienced and smart quarterback. Last season as a junior, McGee threw for over 2,800 yards, 34 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

"I just like to throw that football," said McGee. "I am smart out there and just do whatever the occasion calls for... whatever the defenses gives us. I also think I have the ability to run it (4.65 forty) and I lead by example. I am always working on the fundamentals and always trying to get bigger, stronger and faster. I bet I throw at least 100 passes every single day."

McGee carries a 4.0 GPA and has scored a 25 ACT and he plans on graduating this December and enrolling in a college next January. "I want to graduate early and get a spring practice under my belt. I hope to make a decision some time in the early fall.

"As a quarterback, I want to be in an offense that throws it around a bit. I want to be around a coach and an offensive coordinator that I get along well with. I want to pick a program that is disciplined with good people. Tradition is important and I want to play big-time college football and get a good education.

"It's early, but right now, I like Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida State, Purdue and USC."

McGee has been active sending out his highlight tape to select schools throughout the country, schools that he thinks may fit his criteria. Today, he and his teammate, Jordan Shipely, will visit Texas unofficially. Next week, they will both visit Oklahoma. McGee has already visited Texas A&M. He plans on attending the Texas A&M Nike Camp this spring as well as checking out some spring games. No word yet on what college summer football camps he will go to.

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