Kept In The Dark

Over the last three weeks, Brandon McGee and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown have quickly begun to build a tight relationship. The two have been talking about almost everything under the sun in getting to know each other.

Again, almost everything.

Brown left out one major bit of information the four-star athlete from Plantation (Fla.) High found out on Friday.

To start off the weekend, Notre Dame offered Brandon McGee a scholarship, bringing his total to around two-dozen offers. In fact, Brown wasn't even the one who told McGee the offer was coming. He'll have some explaining to do when the two parties soon talk again.

"He probably knew, but I had no clue," McGee said. "It was completely unexpected."

"What happened was my mentor Brett Goetz, he called me to tell me to call coach (Bernie) Parmalee. And I called coach P, and I talked to him for a couple minutes, and he put me on the phone with (head) coach (Charlie) Weis.

"He was basically giving me the foundation of the program, and telling me what position they would like me at, which is cornerback, and they want to get the ball in my hands so they see me as a return guy as well. I talked to him for a couple minutes, then I got back on the phone with coach P.

"(Parmalee) was just saying that he will be down in the spring to check me out and he will notify my coach that they offered me, and that they will love to have a guy like me at Notre Dame. He said I have my academics on point and all the coaches love my tape."

Some of the top programs in the country love the 6-foot, 180-pound McGee's athleticism and play. Clocked as low as a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the Florida State camp, McGee passed for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also ran for 450 yards and four more scores. He missed three games with an injury.

McGee didn't play any defense this season, but said he will play both ways as a senior. He played some cornerback as a freshman, and all through his youth football days.

"Coach Weis was telling me he likes my speed and explosiveness," McGee said. "He said if I can convert that over to corner, that I can really make difference."

A lot of programs feel the same way. McGee has been offered by the likes of Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State and USC. He said it's too early for him to name favorites. Some programs are recruiting him as a receiver and quarterback, but most schools envision McGee in their secondary.

"A lot of schools are recruiting me as an athlete, but cornerback is something I'm leaning towards," McGee explained. "I don't want to be considered a small quarterback, I want to be a big cornerback. But the ability to play on both sides of the ball is a big thing for me. Have a couple designed plays for me, because I need the ball in my hands."

McGee has a 3.0 GPA, and said he will likely make his decision around signing day. He added that if the right situation presented itself, he could pull the trigger and verbally commit sooner.

So that gives McGee and Brown plenty of time to get to know each other even better.

"Coach Brown is a real cool guy and all," McGee said. "He told me about when he was coaching in the NFL, he told me all his guys had their best years when they were under him, so that stood out for me.

"I know they're a big powerhouse," he added of Notre Dame. They have a lot of tradition. It's a catholic school. I know game day is crazy I heard."

McGee has seen the campuses of Florida, Florida State and Miami. He is visiting Ohio State in April. A trip to Notre Dame could be in the cards.

"They talked about getting me up for a visit," McGee said. "I talked to my mentor about going up for one of their football games."


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