McGee returns from OU

Stacey McGee had a great senior year on the grid-iron and now that his prep football career is over he is concentrating on capturing a state championship in wrestling and the recruiting process. He took his second official visit to see the Sooners this weekend and he caught up with Scout.com to discuss the latest.

No player made as big of an impression on the defensive side of the ball to me this year as Stacey McGee, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end from Muskogee High in Okla.

McGee played mostly as defensive tackle as junior, but after a year in the weight room he trimmed down to become a monster of a defensive end prospect, and with his size and speed he may have a shot to see early playing time no matter what program he decides to sign with.

This season he reports that he led his team in tackles for loss, racked up 97 tackles, six-eight quarterback sacks, and two interceptions to go along with 19-20 pass deflections.

McGee has been offered by a virtual who's who of top flight football programs, but the popular consensus in his home-state is that he will eventually sign with the Sooners, and he got the chance to see them up close and personal while he was on campus for an official visit this weekend.

"It was fun," McGee began. "I think the best part of the trip was hanging out with my host Gerald McCoy. I really like him and got along great with him. Me and him think a lot alike."

"He told me to make a decision for myself, because I am the only one that has to live and got to the place that I choose for four or five years and that I am the one that is going to be putting in all of the hard work so I need to be happy."

McGee also admitted that he had a great time visiting with Oklahoma coaches Bob Stoops, Jackie Shipp, and Kevin Wilson.

"They told me that I have a good chance to come in and play early," McGee explained. "I could see myself playing there next season if I put in the work. They are recruiting me as a defensive end."

In addition to visiting Oklahoma McGee recently took an official visit to Texas Tech and although he lists the Red Raiders amongst his top four that also includes OU, Tennessee and Florida, they may be playing some catch-up.

"It was a cool trip," McGee informed. "They had a lot of nice people and I really liked the coaches and the players a whole lot, but just getting off of the plane and seeing the tumbleweeds made me wonder if it was the place for me."

"I will also be visiting Tennessee (January 11) and Florida (January 18)."

McGee is the odds on favorite to capture the state championship in wrestling this year, and he believes that wrestling has helped him grow as a football player.

"I did not get to go to the football banquet at OU because I had to wrestle in Sapulpa," McGee said of his weekend schedule. "I won and am now 1-0. It was my first match. I got it this year (state) I should have had it last year, but I let up."

"When you wrestle it makes your reaction time a lot faster. You learn about that body balance and a little lean can help you club a guy out of the way."

McGee will take his official visits to Florida and Tennessee in January and then sit down to make the important decision on where he wants to sign.

"Pretty much it will be the school I feel the most comfortable at," McGee reported. "I want to go to the place where I have the potential to shine and get my status up as a player and as a person."


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