Jared McGee considering grayshirt commitment

Exclusive: PurpleWildcats.com spoke to 2014 safety Jared McGee of Mansfield (Tex.), who earned a gray shirt offer. What does that mean? What are the implications? McGee talks about his weekend visit and plans inside.

Pat Fitzgerald and Matt MacPherson arrived at Mansfield Legacy High School last Tuesday. It wasn't an urgent trip. They wanted to meet with head coach Chris Melson, view films of 2015 players and improve their Texas connections.

In passing, they mentioned an open 2014 scholarship—left by either Noah Westerfield or Jordan Thomas. Melson said he had a safety. So they started talking about Jared McGee.

"They showed him my transcript and test scores," McGee told PurpleWildcats.com on Thursday. "They were interested. They said they loved me and wanted to meet me."

So 15 days before National Signing, Northwestern moved quickly. The Wildcats are aware that he's committed to the University of Texas at San Antonio, but chose to proceed anyway. They contacted his parents by Wednesday morning.

It's an interesting situation. NU has one scholarship available for the class of 2014, which remains empty. Still, they offered McGee a "gray shirt." McGee would enroll and begin football activities in January of 2015. He would sign on NSD and then defer until the next season.

Perhaps his "gray shirt" is due to NU's confidence in landing Xavier Washington. JJ Perez of Scout.com reported last night that the Wildcats offered Washington for help at defensive end. It's an uncommon scenario, though the coaching staff is hardly complaining.

Still encouraged by the opportunity to play at Northwestern, McGee will visit campus early tomorrow morning. He'll arrive in Evanston at 8:30 a.m. to learn more about the program.

"They're going to show me the campus and talk about the academics part," McGee said. "They're going to show me some football things and try to get me acquainted with the university."

McGee listed the key components of his NU recruitment, namely the academics and how he would fit in with the coaching staff, players and the defensive system.

If all goes well?

"I'd definitely have to consider committing Northwestern."

We're starting to put the pieces together on what should be an exciting end to the 2014 recruiting class. We're also starting to feel as though good news is on its way.

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