Pisgah High ATH T.J., McGinnis has made the call to commit to Southern Miss.
As the race to signing day continues, McGinnis is another big time pick up in a great weekend that has lived up to the hype already for the Golden Eagles.
McGinnis and his commitment carries a little extra weight. When he signs his D1 scholarship, he will be the first one from his high school to achieve that in football.
The talented ATH just about did it all for his high school in Sand Hill (MS). He played some QB, RB, LB S, WR, and returned kicks. At 6'3, 200lbs, McGinnis can play a big RB or he can add some weight and be an athletic OLB.
He certainly found the right fit at Southern Miss after a quick one day trip that saw him come in this morning and leave tonight.
"To be honest with you, I was a little unsure when I was driving in to take my official visit about what I was going to do," McGinnis told GoldenEaglePride.com after he left campus tonight.
"I really spent the day with Coach Monken and he just convinced me. He sold me. He sold me on the school and the family of Southern Miss. When I left with him I knew that I wanted to be a Golden Eagle and this is it. My recruiting is done."
McGinnis said he also spent time with the offensive running back's coach John Simon and Coach Woz some too.
"I'm not sure where they will need me at the next level," he said. "But, I am thinking I'll be on the offensive side. That is where I spent time today."
Staying in state was also very important to McGinnis.
"I wanted to be in the state of Mississippi," he said. "My family can come see me play and my friends and everything can come. Three years ago I didn't take football all that seriously and never would have thought I'd be the first to sign a D1 scholarship from my school. I am honored and humbled. Like I said it just means a lot to me that Southern Miss would take that chance on me."
McGinnis said he plans to major in business administration.
"That new building they have is so nice and I'm just excited to be a part of the Southern Miss family," he added.