McGahee staying - for now

With just days before the selection of the Heisman Trophy recepient and less than a month before Willis McGahee plays in the most important of his young football life the University of Miami tailback apparently hasn't changed his tune.

The 6-1, 224-pound sophomore would still love to visit New York (this weekend if possible) and although McGahee would not make a firm comittment on his intentions of staying in school the star runner is ‘definitely coming back' as of now. McGahee, a top candidate for the Heisman Award along with Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey, to be handed out Saturday night in New York, reaffirmed his position of not caring about the bronzed statue and downplayed and sidetracked any discussions about leaving UM for the NFL after the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona Jan. 3.

McGahee did not flinch at the unavoidable question – even after being asked twice- during Monday's press conference at the Edgerrin James Meeting Room at the Hecht Center in Coral Gables. But McGahee did add that the situation could change after the Hurricanes face the Ohio State Buckeyes for the national title next month. "Yeah, I'm coming back," said McGahee, who has been the subject of plenty of speculation after finishing the regular season with a school record 1,686 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns. "I'm definitely coming back."

Almost immediately McGahee was asked if there was a chance he would change his mind after the bowl game. He was non-committal either way. "I really don't know," said McGahee. "Its not something that's on my mind right now. When the time comes I'll sit down with my mother and discuss it."

As for the Heisman hysteria surrounding both McGahee and Dorsey, UM's starting running back said that he would be content with an invitation to New York for the ceremony.

"Getting to go to New York would be enough for me. I just want to see Ground Zero and a superstar walking the streets. That would be enough for me."

In only his second season of college football, McGahee is being compared with some of the all-time great running backs that have come out of the University of Miami. McGahee, coming off a 205-rushing yards and six-touchdown performance against Virginia Tech last Saturday, has already established five single-season school records, including rushing yards, 100-yard performances, all-purpose yards and rushing touchdowns.

There are NFL scouts that believe McGahee, like UM receiver Andre Johnson, a junior, is a potential top-10 pick in next year's draft. One NFL scout from the NFC believes McGahee could be among the first five selections if he opts to enter the draft.

"The kid can block, he can catch the ball, always makes the first guy miss and runs like a deer. Am I missing something," said the scout. McGahee isn't making any promises.

"We'll see when the time comes," said McGahee.

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