"I'm really happy," McGee said of the 2014 recruiting haul. "Whenever you get new players on your team you are excited."
McGee's happiness extends beyond the of welcoming new members on the team. The class, now 22 players deep, includes 12 that are slotted to play on the offensive side of the ball. Two quarterbacks, Penn State transfer Tyler Ferguson and Louisville Trinity's Reggie Bonnafon highlight the group, which also consists of four offensive linemen, three receivers, two tight ends and a running back.
"I think the balance of our offensive recruiting was done very well," he told Cardinal Authority. "It starts with quarterback play, as just has said. Having depth at the quarterback position, not only increasing your chance at having success, but also to sustain success. That's why I think it is important that we got those two guys."
Keeping the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bonnafon, a Scout.com four-star prospect, was a priority for Petrino and McGee during the final days of the recruiting season.
"I think Reggie is the jewel of the class," said McGee. "He's the ringleader. This is his hometown. A lot of big time schools went in and came after him. His parents and Coach Beatty did a good job of letting Reggie understand that this is where you want to play. This offense is really going to benefit your skill set. I can't be more excited about Reggie."
Reggie's future behind center should be well protected. The Cardinals signed a massive amount of protection. Three of the four are 6-foot-6 or taller. At 6-foot-4, 350-pounds Jimmie Terry also provides significant size along the offensive front.
"Add these four giant offensive linemen," he said. "To do that will establish a line of scrimmage. To win a football game against a really good team late in the game, you are going to have to be able to run the football."
The ESPN SporstCenter Top Play highlight of running back signee L.J. Scott was enough to convince McGee of his ability. While leaping a player will draw a penalty flag in Ohio high school football, Scott cleared a would-be tackler, found his footing without hestitation, delivered a tackle breaking blow to another pair of defenders and then raced another 25 yards to the end zone.
"That play showed his balance and it showed his instincts, because that happened in a split-second and he had to make the decision," McGee explained. "He didn't have time to think about it, it was just a natural reaction and he was able to stay on his feet and finish off the play. He's in our program now and doing a really good job in the weight room training. He's learning the offense."
The trio of receivers and two tight ends helped fill out the well balanced offensive recruits. It's a class that McGee is impressed not only by the filling of needs, but also the talent of the newest additions.
"You need a big, giant, physical offensive line," he said. "You need one tight end that can control the perimeter of the line of scrimmage and another tight end that can motion around and be a match-up problem. You need receivers that can break a game open and you need a running back that can control the ball and move the chains. You need that quarterback to coordinate it all.
When you look at what we got done with the class, that's why I'm more excited than anybody around here. I think we hit everyone of those spots. I think we have a fantastic class."