In-Home Tightens Bond Between Patton, McGee

Offensive guard commit John Michael McGee has met his future position coach before and been impressed with him.

But there's something about in-home visits that take that relationship to a whole another level.

That turned out to be just the case Thursday night when OU centers/guards coach James Patton sat in with the soon-to-be Sooner inside his Texarkana, Texas home.

"It was pretty nice," McGee said. "I mean, on my official visit, I actually got to go around him while he was coaching his guys. So, I got to see that side of as a football player, but coming into my house, it was pretty nice to chill out here and talk for a little while."

What did they talk about?

Well, a number of things.

"He basically told my parents a lot regarding Signing Day and how all that'll get taken care of and talked about the scholarship and pretty much my [progression] rate, where I'll be playing," McGee said. "I mean, guard, tackle, tight end, but my parents enjoyed the visit."

In fact, they like Patton so much they were raving about him after the meeting, according to the 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman.

"Oh yeah, I mean, they like him a lot," McGee said. "So, as long as they're on board with me, I guess, that's all I can ask for."

Overall, it sounds like it couldn't have gone much better.

"Things went pretty well...he stayed here about an hour," McGee said. "So, they talked about everything. The visit went pretty well."

McGee is expected to sign his letter of intent on Feb. 1, and he'll officially be a Sooner at that point.

Until then, though, because he's not an early enrollee, it's sticking to the grind of finishing high school.

That means taking care of business on the hardwood, too.

"Well this year, we're kind of having a down year," McGee said. "We have a new coach, but the season's going all right. We should definitely make the playoffs, and I've been playing pretty good, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes."

After that, it'll be all about getting through spring and summer and then arriving in Norman.

"I'm gonna have to say getting up there and getting around the guys, getting to mingle with the players and play football, win games. So, that's what I'm looking forward to," McGee said.

It won't be long until that's the case.

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