McKee checks out Illinois

2015 Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge linebacker Anthony McKee took a trip to see the Illini for the first time.

2015 Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge linebacker Anthony McKee has been showing he's worth the four-star rating he received early on. He debuted in the Scout 300 for the junior class and has proved he belongs.

McKee left the state for the first time this season to visit another program in the Big Ten. Illinois hosted him on an unofficial visit and they impressed one of Ohio's top prospects in the junior class.

"I had a ball," said McKee. "It was fun down there. The coaches treat you great and I really liked the city. It's all about getting to know the coaches and see what they are like. They see me as an outside linebacker and think I could play right away for them. My speed is what they really like and they made sure I knew that."

McKee has a teammate committed to Michigan State and a couple others at Wisconsin. Illinois isn't a school he was very familiar with but the two sides are working to get it to that stage.

"Illinois is a bit new to my school but I want to consider every school and they already offered me," McKee mentioned. "It is good to get out and meet all the coaches that have really shown a huge interest in me. It's not all about who may be the best right now. Who's good and who's not changes all the time so I want to give everyone an honest look. My relationship with the Illinois coaches is growing and I enjoy talking to them."

The Columbus prospect is beginning to attract interest from programs in the southeast.

"Some SEC schools have been showing interest in me lately also," McKee noted. "I hope to get down there real soon to see some of those programs. I thank god for everything and I'm just appreciative of all these opportunities."

McKee's next visit will be to Michigan State in two weeks. He also plans on setting up a trip to see Nebraska.

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