Pisgah High School has a star in the making in do-it-all athlete T.J. McGinnis
The 6'2, 205 RB/LB/S helped his school to the second round of the playoffs, and now that his career is over he's set to make history for his school. No football player from Pisgah High School has signed a division one scholarship. With several offers already in hand, McGinnis is set to be the first.
"It means a lot to have that opportunity," McGinnis told GoldenEaglePride.com.
"My freshman year I certainly wasn't thinking about doing anything like that, I was just playing ball. As my career has come along and I started to have interest and offers I've just been thinking about how blessed I am to have this opportunity. We had our first player from our high school go to the NFL last year and it gave everyone high hopes. To be the first one to sign with a division one school would be an honor."
McGinnis is a humble kid who certainly stands out as one who puts others ahead of himself.
"The season went well and I played with a great team," he said.
"We made it to the second round of the playoffs so that's what mattered, what we accomplished as a team. My stats fell off a little bit from last year but that's fine, we had a good season as a team and that's what matters."
Now, it's back to training and focus on the task at hand.
"I had a great holidays its been nothing but family and friends," he said. "Since the season I have been training and I'm not playing basketball this year so I can focus on playing college football at the next level. I do a lot of training at D1 sports."
The first division one school to really show him a lot of interest was Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles started recruiting him as a Junior and have developed a great relationship with him since that time.
"The Golden Eagles actually came last year to my school and that's when I started hearing from them," he said.
"Coach Pollard sat down with me and I loved everything he was saying about the program and the school. There is a great chance I might be going to Southern Miss. I have an official set up in January, and I pass it every now and then and its a beautiful campus. My head coach went to school there and he loved it."
USM is not the only school on his radar though.
"Memphis, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Louisiana Lafayette and Middle Tennessee are who I'm hearing from," he said.
"I have an offer from MTSU, ULL, and Memphis other than Southern Miss."
He will visit Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, and Memphis in January before making his decision.
"I feel like right now Southern Miss is the top because of the home school advantage," he said.
"I wouldn't say that I wont leave the state but it is important to me to stay in state. It would be a good chance for family to come see me play."
He's not sure where he'd be looked at playing at the next level, but he's willing to play wherever needed.
"I talked to Coach Monken and he just said that I'm versatile and they just want to get me there and put me where I'm best and where I'm needed," he said.
"I played outside linebacker, receiver, and running back. I'm an offensive guy but I'll play where they need me."