"Yeah Syracuse has stayed in touch," McKee said. "Their coach stopped by my school a couple of weeks ago. They're just saying that they like me at outside linebacker and that I have a chance to come in and play right away. They think I'd be a good fit.
"Playing early is big but not that big. Because even if I had to redshirt, I will be starting within a year or two anyway wherever I go. But it's always good to have that opportunity."
While the Orange have continued their pursuit of McKee, they have some work to do in order to move up his list.
"I would say they are in the middle," McKee said. "It's hard because I haven't been there yet. I really have to see it in person and get a feel for everything. I'm trying to figure out a ride so I hope to get out there this summer.
"I want to talk to the players and see what they think about it. That's the most important thing. Their coaches wanted me to wait so I could visit when the players are there and I can talk to them."
McKee knows exactly what he is looking for in a school. The name does not mean as much to him as it once did as he looks for the right fit.
"I'm looking for a family feel," McKee said. "That's the most important thing is a family environment. If I can see that at Syracuse, they can be in the mix."
The four-star linebacker is eyeing a decision at the end of summer, but says nothing is set in stone.