Florida Star Interested in Ohio State

Plantation [Florida] star athlete Brandon McGee is one of the top prospects in talent rich South Florida. McGee has offers from nearly every top program in the South and is starting to hear from Ohio State. Bill Greene has more on this exciting prospect.

It appears that Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes are once again on the prowl for top talent in South Florida. Following on the heels of the Buckeyes signing Etienne Sabino and Travis Howard, the Buckeyes are now in contact with Plantation [Florida] superstar athlete Brandon McGee.

"Recruiting is going great for me," McGee stated. "I'm getting a lot of attention from a lot of schools, and the scholarship offers are pouring in right now. I've got around 20 scholarship offers already. Schools like Florida, Georgia, Miami, Florida State, West Virginia, Wisconsin and South Carolina have offered, as well as a bunch of other schools. It's been a lot of fun so far."

As one of the top prospects in Florida, it might seem an impossibility to see McGee leave the South to go to college. Not so, said this youngster.

"I have absolutely no problem leaving the South to play football," McGee said. "A lot of kids are doing that now. I have no problem leaving the state of Florida and going far from home at all. I want to find the school that will be the best situation to play in. I want to be in a family-type atmosphere, with coaches and players that I trust."

McGee has only recently been contacted by Ohio State. He has an admiration for the Buckeyes based on a friendship with two former Ohio State players.

"I like the Buckeyes a lot and I have for a while," McGee stated. "Coach [Jim] Tressel is a great guy from what I've been told. I'm friends with Nate Salley and Chris Gamble and they both loved playing for Ohio State. I know Ohio State plays in a great conference and they play in big games. Ohio State is a great school and if they were to offer me they would go near the top of my list. I would definitely consider Ohio State very seriously. Nate told me Jim Tressel is the best man there is and that I should look closely at Ohio State. He said the surroundings are great and the atmosphere is tremendous there. I'm real interested in Ohio State. I talked with Coach [Paul] Haynes last week and they have requested my film. He said the Buckeyes are very interested in me.I'm interested in coming to Columbus for a visit. I might even get there for the spring game. I know a lot of Florida guys are going to Ohio State that day."

McGee is a player who stars on both sides of the football. As a junior he threw for over 1,100 yards and rushed for another 450 yards. But it is as a defensive back that most schools are looking at this 6-foot-1, 185-pound, athlete.

"All the schools are recruiting me as a defensive back," McGee said. "I want to play defense in college. I think I'm under-sized for offense, but perfect for a defensive back. I was timed at 4.38 in the forty-yard dash at Florida's summer camp. I think my cover skills are my best asset. I'm also a strong tackler."

McGee also plays the game in honor of his mother, Hilda, who passed away when he was just thirteen years old, from cancer.

"I lost my mom when I was thirteen," McGee admitted. "She battled cancer for a few years before she passed away. My father also suffers from cancer, and he was very sick a few years ago, but fortunately he seems to be doing much better right now. My mom wasn't able to pull through, so I play every game for her memory. Everything I do in my life is for my mom. I know she's watching me, and I just want to put a smile on her face. My mom was everything to me. I also have two older brothers and an older sister."

McGee attended the All-American junior combine in San Antonio, Texas, and was honored as a member of the All-Defensive team. He is a player that will have his pick of schools to attend.

"I'm blessed to have these opportunities ahead of me," he admitted. "My final choice will be a combination of stability in the program, the camaraderie of the team and coaches, and finding the school that's exactly the right fit for me. I won't be concerned about the depth chart at all. The type of schools I'm looking at will always be bringing in great players. I think my work ethic, and my talent, will allow me to make an impact at the next level."

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