Portland (Ore.) Franklin running back Ahmir McGee has gotten off to a hot start this fall amassing over 450 rushing yards, 120 receiving yards, 250 return yards and 5 touchdowns. McGee thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be in Corvallis and familiarizing himself with the Oregon State program.
"I really enjoyed Corvallis and Oregon State," McGee said. "Their coaching staff sets them apart. When we went into the Valley Center they greeted us and welcomed us down there. They're really down to Earth, cool and nice people. I felt comfortable the moment I got down there."
Most recruits get an opportunity to take in the locker room as part of their initial tour. But with the early kick-off, they weren't able to tour it as it was obviously in use by the team. Instead they were escorted to a meeting room where they were able to view a virtual tour of the rest of the facility, including some of the uncompleted areas of the Valley Football Center.
"The new remodel is very nice. We were able to view this video tour about how everything is going to look once they're done with everything. It's nice now and only going to be nicer once they're all done with it," McGee stated. "I really like everything that I saw. Oregon State is a cool place to be. It seems to be a place that can feel like home."
On the playing field, McGee's Quakers team has gotten off to a rough start, but he has faith that it can turn around.
"It's been kind of a rough season to start. We're 0-4 right now but played the defending PIL champions Lincoln last week really good and only lost by 3. They basically won on a last second touchdown on 4th down." Ahmir added, "We've been in a bunch of tough games, but with our next five games, we should be able to get some wins coming together."
McGee continued, "Personally, it's been a good season, good and tough at the same time. I've been trying to find ways to get some yardage and make myself more of all-purpose, multi-dimensional back. Just trying to find ways to help my team win."
While his season has been up and down, his college recruitment, although in the early stages, appears to be picking up.
"I've been hearing from Oregon State, Coach Woods a little bit, but mostly Coach Hall," McGee said. "Outside of Oregon State, Washington, they've been on me since this past spring. Oregon a little bit; I'm hoping to hear from them a little bit more after this season. And then one of Utah State's coaches hit me up the other day, talking to me about the school and everything."
Growing up, McGee admittedly was a fan of USC and Florida State, but he wouldn't exactly call any school a dream school.
"As a kid, I always rooted for USC or Florida State," he said. "Since I've gotten older though I'm really open to anything. I realized that my main good is to try to get a free education and play football somewhere under a coaching staff that likes me and will help me succeed."
There is still a long way to go until members of the class of 2018 will be signing their letters of intent, Ahmir promised to keep BeaverBlitz.com informed on where his recruitment goes to.