Florida Back Likes ND

If you want speed and playmaking ability you go to Florida and see if you can pry a few of their top athletes from the top in-state school. Running back Santuan McGee will be one of the top prospects in the state and the Irish are going to try to work some magic.

Santuan McGee (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) of Florida State University High School likes to have the ball in his hands. When that happens good things tend to happen. The junior carried the ball 123 times for nearly 800 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. McGee added 14 receptions for 300 yards. That type of productivity has caught the attention of the Notre Dame coaches.

"I'm very interested in Notre Dame. I'm getting letters that talk about the school," McGee responded when asked if he was interested in playing football for the Irish. "I really don't know too much about the school other than what I have read in their letters. They talk about different players and what they have accomplished. I like the history of the program. I would consider their program above most other college programs."

Notre Dame needs to make a big early impression with McGee before the Florida schools real him in. He doesn't have any scholarship offers, but that will change very soon.

"I'm hearing the most from North Carolina State, Iowa, South Florida, East Carolina and the University of Georgia," McGee said "I'd like to hear from the Florida schools, all the ACC teams, and the Big Ten teams, but right now I'm open.

"I've been to a Florida State football camp, that was a great experience. I got to meet a lot of players, with a lot of talent. I thought I matched up fairly well with them. I think I did pretty good. The coaches didn't really say anything on the first day, but they said that they had heard about me."

Santaun isn't going to sit back and wait for anyone. In order to make his mark, he goes to where the talent is the best. He has participated in several combines including the big one held in San Antonio, Texas.

"I was at the U.S. Army national combine," he explained. "The morning [of testing] was very cold. I think I competed really well. We didn't get our times back so it was hard to tell what I did, but going from my past combine experience, I think either did as well or did better.

"I think the experience was great. I met a lot of people from different states. I got up with a quarterback from Alabama and we did well. We went one-on-one with the linebackers and he threw eight balls and I caught five of them, so I think we did pretty well.

McGee will attend additional combines this summer. At previous events he has been clocked with a 4.4 forty-yard dash and a 4.2 pro agility shuttle. He'll work hard this spring with his track team to keep those numbers down.

"I run track and play basketball," he said. "I'm a sprinter. I run the 100M, 200M, the 4 X 100M and the 4 X 400M relay. In districts I ran 11.2. My 4 X 400M relay team finished fourth in the state."

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