There are going to be a few
arguments as to just which position
You can't recruit experience, but
depth can sometimes be just as good, which is why the search for this very
valuable position continues. And while names like Brown and Major seem to be on
the tips of everyone's tongues as the must-gets of the year,
The latest offer to a potential
standout linebacker went west, this time to
Standing 6-0 and weighing just over 220 pounds, Magee doesn't wow you with his size, but if you can't be big, big quick. "That's my biggest strength, I think," Magee said of his quickness. "I play linebacker, but I spend a lot of time blitzing off the edge."
Doing that as well as sticking to
the regular duties of outside linebacker in the 3-4 system run at
The injury is what it is, though, and it was enough to quell the potential recruiting attention, even if just for awhile. But since he became 100 percent healthy, the letters have started to come, and written offers as well.
As a west coast kid, you wouldn't expect Magee to have a lot of knowledge about the traditional Midwestern power. But it's that very tradition which Magee said he knew all about even before the offer had arrived. "I was excited about that offer for sure," Magee said. "I have seen them play a couple of times and they are all hyped up. They play aggressive and they play down-to-down."
That style appeals to Magee, as he thinks of himself as a down-to-down player, looking only to the next play and not to the previous one, whether it was bad or good. "It doesn't matter how good or how bad the last play went, it's not going to help you make the next one," he said. "You finish that play, forget about it and move on. You get too down on yourself or to happy with yourself on a play, you are not going to do too much good for the entire game. You just play down-to-down."
There's another mental aspect to the game Magee prefers, and that fits perfectly well with the side of the ball he's on. It's a mind-set that says to you, no matter what the offense won't win. "You go into the game with the idea that they aren't going to get a first down. Even if we are playing at their place, it's our field and you can't take it from us," he said.
"And if they happen to make a play, forget about it and say that for the rest of the game they aren't going to get an inch. I think that's how you have to approach the game."
Magee approaches recruiting a
little differently, deciding to take a more reserved role in evaluating his
choices and thinking about where he'd like to go. He realizes it's still early
in the recruiting, and he's opting to take it in stride. But he knows for
certain what the most important criteria for him will be, wherever that place
ultimately is. "It has to be like a family,"
To this point Magee said that he
hasn't made a single unofficial visit. And due to baseball playoffs and the
rigorous summer, which can hardly be considered an off-season anymore, he's not
sure that he'll make any in the future. But he'll make the official visits, and
you can count at least the four Division 1-A offers he has as those most likely
to get them. But he knows and even hopes things will change. "There isn't one
school that I like more than another, but you want to have as many choices as
you can have," he said. "I am getting letters from schools like
Even if the big names in the local area coming calling, Magee said that he won't count anyone out at this time. "Part of me thinks that I want to stay close to home, but part of me wants to explore," Magee said regarding the importance of location. "There isn't one school that I am waiting for, so I am keeping a really open mind."
Magee is ranked as the #3 weakside linebacker in the west by Scout.com
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