UNC Pursuing Elite Florida CB

While on the recruiting trail in the talent rich state of Florida, UNC assistant coach John Blake dropped by Plantation (Fla.) High School and was blown away by Brandon McGee, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete.

"Once he saw my tape it pretty much took off from there," McGee said.

Before leaving Plantation, Blake informed head coach Steve Davis that McGee had a UNC scholarship offer. The official paperwork arrived in the mail a couple of days later.

UNC joined an ever-growing pile of scholarship offers, which now stands at 32 grants and includes Alabama, Florida, Florida State LSU, Michigan, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Southern Cal.

"North Carolina sits pretty good with me," McGee said. "Having Butch Davis as head coach and me having the relationship that I do with Coach Blake, that's pretty good. Coach Blake was telling me that they need corners – that was definitely something that stood out to me. He feels like I can come in and contribute early."

Since the offer, Blake and McGee have established a constant line of communication.

"I've talked to Coach Blake numerous times after the offer came through," McGee said. "We're definitely keeping in touch.

"Coach Blake is the type of guy that's all about building relationships," McGee said. "Sometimes, we don't even talk about football – that's something that stood out to me. He just asks me how I'm doing as far as life and how everything is going with me."

UNC, like all the other schools that have offered, is recruiting McGee as a cornerback.

Last fall, McGee exclusively played quarterback, passing for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns, and rushing for 450 yards and four scores. He will move to cornerback for his senior season.

McGee doesn't have a firm list of favorites, but said several schools are starting to stand out from the pack: Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Southern Cal.

By mid-summer, McGee hopes to narrow his list of choices to a more manageable amount.

"One of the main factors will definitely be playing time – that's definitely a big thing for me," McGee said. "And also [I'm focusing on] the stability in the program. Another factor is coaching staff – especially my position coach."

McGee doesn't plan on making his collegiate decision until late in the process. If he graduates early, which is what he's currently contemplating, McGee will decide in December. If not, he will have a Signing Day announcement.

During the spring, McGee made unofficial visits to Central Florida, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, and South Florida. He said he plans to make trips to Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee over the summer.

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