Recruiting: Sooners after top Oklahoma DE

Muskogee, Okla. junior defensive end Stacey McGee talks about his game, early list of favorites and interest in Oklahoma.

STACEY McGEE, DE, 6'4, 255, 4.8, MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA:

Stacey McGee has been one of the most dominating performers in the state of Oklahoma since his sophomore season. Now that he is made it to his senior season, he is regarded as one of the top four players in the state and the best defensive lineman in the state, despite the fact a hip injury held him out of at least half the season a year ago. McGee admits that he is humbled with all the publicity that his coming his way.

"It feels pretty good, but it is unbelievable really," said McGee. "Growing up, I just never pictured myself as being the type that would be going to college on a scholarship playing some kind of sport. When I was young I just played football for fun, but then people started telling me that I was good and now I have scholarship offers. It is unbelievable really. I pinch myself a lot to make sure what is happening to me is real."

McGee exploded onto the Oklahoma High School scene with 93 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions as a sophomore. Playing in only seven games a year ago, McGee finished with 30 tackles, 10 sacks and two caused fumbles. There is some debate whether McGee will be a defensive end or defensive tackle, but there is no question which position McGee likes to play better.

"I like playing defensive end," said McGee. "I can make more plays at defensive end than I can at defensive tackle. My size and quickness is better suited for defensive end, I think."

McGee teamed with OU signee Jonte Bumpus to form one of the best, if not the best, defensive end combination in the state at Muskogee a year ago.

"That was fun playing with Jonte," said McGee. "We had our competition, but that was fun too. Jonte is really fast and he ran guys down all the time. We are a different style of player. He is all speed and I am speed and power. I think I can use both to my advantage, while Jonte has all kinds of speed and he is constantly using that to his advantage."

McGee can bench 330 pounds, but he hasn't maxed on the squat yet. However, he is the favorite to win the heavyweight division in Class 6A at the state wrestling meet this weekend. He currently has a 25-4 record and goes in as the No. 1 seed at the state tournament. McGee also pitches on the baseball team where he consistently throws 88 to 91 miles per hour, and where he went 6-0 as the closer on this team.

At this point, he has been offered by OU, OSU, Texas Tech and North Carolina.

"I have been busy with wrestling on the weekends, and then I am going to have baseball so I am not sure if I can make it up to any Junior Days or unofficial visits soon," said McGee. "I did go to the OU camp last summer and I thought I did pretty good competing against other players who were supposed to be pretty good. I thought that camp was pretty good for me."

McGee admits he hasn't put a lot of thought into recruiting at this point, but does have a couple of schools that he is considering.

"I like Oklahoma and Texas Tech," said McGee. "I really haven't been thinking about it much. I do have schools that I like and Oklahoma is one of those schools, but I don't know where I am going to go right now. I have always wanted to visit Florida State or the University of Florida, but I don't know if I will do that or not. I think the Oklahoma program is pretty good and I like the fact that it is close to home.

"I don't have to across the country to play football. OU is a two or three hour drive back home to see my family. Plus, they have a pretty good team and I really like Coach (Jackie) Shipp. I met coach Shipp at the camp and he is a great guy. I met coach (Chris) Wilson as well and he is a good guy."

McGee has qualified, but he says he will retake his ACT in an effort to improve the score.


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