Plantation (Fla.) High athlete Brandon McGee is clearly one of the most electrifying prospects in the Sunshine State. He didn’t play a down at the position he’s being recruited for, but none of the programs pursuing him seem to mind. He’s that good.
“My season last year went pretty well,” McGee said. “I played seven games and missed three due to a high ankle sprain. I actually played most of my season injured, but it still turned out pretty well. I had 1100 yards passing, 13 passing touchdowns, 450 yards rushing, and three rushing touchdowns. Colleges aren’t recruiting me at quarterback though. They want me as a corner.”
“Cornerback is the position that works to my advantage with my height, my speed, and my size,” McGee explained. “I didn’t play defense last year. I was strictly a quarterback. I’m working on perfecting my cover skills this summer. I’m getting with my trainer and my position coach and I’m trying to become a lockdown corner. My speed is definitely one of the things that set me apart from everybody. My knowledge of the game does as well. I’m playing both ways this year.”
Things were surprisingly quiet on the recruiting front for McGee during the month of February, but they didn’t stay that way long. Interest ramped up very quickly thanks in part to the interest shown by three of the nation’s power programs.
“Back in early March Michigan came through, then I had USC to come through, and then Tennessee came through,” McGee recalled. “Once those offers came in, the rest of the schools I guess were like we better hurry up and hop on this kid.”
The Wolverines have blanketed the state of Florida this recruiting season, and according to McGee, there is a very good reason.
“I guess the Big Ten isn’t really big on speed, so they were telling me that if they get some of that Florida speed at Michigan then it will be good,” he said. Coach Magee was telling me about some of the defensive schemes. He was telling me about how they want to use my speed to their advantage.”
Michigan is but one of 28 schools that hope McGee’s talents will be at its disposal. At this point, none of them seemingly have an advantage. He did, however, take the time to give his initial impressions of a few of the programs on his list.
“I don’t have a top five, or three, or none of that,” McGee said matter-of-factly.
“I actually grew up a Florida State fan. Florida State was always my favorite school.”
“Michigan has big tradition. They just got that defensive back out of Ohio. I was kind of surprised by that. They got a cross-town rival to commit. They’ve had a lot of great players to go through there. Charles Woodson went through there.”
Despite his mention of the aforementioned schools, McGee insists that his recruitment is wide open and that every program on his list has an equal shot, even those that aren’t that close to home.
“Distance definitely is not a factor,” he said. “I talk to my dad about it a lot and he was like, ‘whatever school presents you with the best opportunity is the school you need to go to.’ One of the biggest factors is definitely playing time. I want to go into college and make a big impact right away. That’s very important. The camaraderie of the team is too. And also the stability of the program. I know Michigan just got a new coaching staff so I doubt they’re going to be leaving anytime soon.”
The weeding out process won’t really commence until McGee gets thorough all of his visits. If one of those trips happens to blow him away, he wouldn’t be opposed to concluding his recruitment early.
“Actually I’m going up to Ohio State on April 18th,” McGee explained. “I’ll probably plan some more trips after that. Right now I’m really kind of busy with training and everything. Spring football is coming up so I may take some more visits over the summer. I thought about doing the camp circuit but my recruiting mentor was telling me I don’t really need the camp circuit, so I’m just going to take visits.”
“I thought about graduating early, and if I do early graduation I’m
going to have to make my decision early,” he continued. “Right now
it looks like I’ll be graduating in May, so I may let (his decision) go
down to signing day. If the right situation presents itself then I will commit