McGee Preparing For The Move

On one of the few reps Brandon McGee didn't take as Plantation (Fla.) High's quarterback during a recent spring practice, the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete lined up at cornerback.

"The quarterback didn't throw to my side of the field," McGee said. "I guess he was scared."

Perhaps.

That's what Notre Dame and several other major college programs like Ohio State, Georgia, Florida State and Tennessee envision out of Brandon McGee on the next level. They see lock-down corner potential, who dares quarterbacks to throw to his side of the field.

But that's the future.

In the now, the four-star McGee and his 4.38 second speed in the 40-yard dash, has one more prep season at quarterback. This coming fall, McGee also plans to sometimes line up in the secondary in preparation for that transition to being a defensive player in college.

"Sometimes during practice, I'll work with the DBs during individual periods," McGee said. "It's going well. I feel pretty confident back there. Even though it's a brand new position, everywhere I play on the field I feel comfortable. I'm just an overall athlete."

That was evident last season, as 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, and didn't play a snap of defense.

At the moment, McGee is sitting on over thirty scholarship offers, and would like to narrow down a list of favorites to a manageable 10 to 12 by the end of spring.

"Notre Dame will be one of the top schools, that's for sure," McGee stated.

"A part from football, just graduating with a degree from Notre Dame, that would be awesome. That degree holds a lot, and to be playing for one of the most profound college football teams in the nation."

Notre Dame has two coaches recruiting McGee, Bernie Parmalee, the staff member responsible for the Sunshine State, and defensive coordinator Corwin Brown. They were both by Plantation High recently, and McGee calls Brown regularly.

"Coach Brown is a real cool guy," McGee said. "He is one of the few coaches that came in and talked to me over the phone about how he is going to coach me and prep me for the NFL. He was telling me about picking up different coverages, and learning how to mimic the receiver and rolling into different coverages, and giving me the tools I need to go in and compete right away in the NFL.

"He tells me Notre Dame is a great place. The people there are great and everything, and the team is like one family and that's another thing that stood out too."

McGee has seen the campuses at Florida, Miami, Florida State and Ohio State.

"I plan on making my trips in the middle of June and early July," he said. McGee listed Notre Dame, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Illinois as places he wants to see for the first time.

McGee anticipates making a college decision in January.


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