"He's just a leader," South Columbus head coach Jake Fonville said. "He has a great body – one that a college can take and put a lot more weight on. Athletically, he moves well for a big guy. He has a great arm. He plays both ways for us."
McKever began his career as a 6-foot-4 wide receiver. After a growth spurt and promotion to the varsity squad during the off-season heading into his sophomore year, he was converted to quarterback in South Columbus' wing-t offense and safety becoming the starter at both positions.
"Because of his abilities, we're able to get into a little bit more of the spread [offense]," Fonville said. "He makes great decisions."
In two seasons, McKever has amassed a 20-5 record as starting quarterback and is a two-time All-Waccamaw Conference selection. As a junior, he threw for 1,267 yards and 14 touchdowns on 86-of-137 passes (63.7-percent) and rushed for 11 additional scores.
North Carolina and NC State are the two main schools that are recruiting McKever.
"Carolina called recently," Fonville said. "He's a quarterback, so they'd like to see him and evaluate him in camp. They never offer a quarterback without getting him up to camp and evaluating him.
"State really likes him, because they feel like athletically if he doesn't work out at the quarterback spot there are other places he could help them out as well."
Fonville believes McKever's future is at quarterback, which happens to be his preferred position.
In addition to UNC and NC State, McKever is also fielding interest from East Carolina and Florida.
McKever, who has previously visited East Carolina and NC State, will attend UNC's Junior Day on Saturday.
McKever plans to major in sports medicine… He is a three-sport star at South Columbus also playing basketball and baseball. He averages 20 points a game on the hardwood… He was born in Albany, N.Y. Thus, his favorite college team is Syracuse. He moved to North Carolina in the fifth grade… McKever is close to South Columbus alumnus and current Tar Heel Ethan Farmer. "I talk to [Farmer] every now and then," McKever said. "He keeps me updated."