Recruiting: Horns Add To RB Haul

Longview RB <b>Vondrell McGee</b> decided to wrap up his recruitment early, ending the suspense Tuesday with a phone call to a college running backs coach. After recently listing LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M as his favorites, the stocky scat-back with 4.4/4.5 speed picked...

"I committed to UT about an hour or so ago," Vondrell McGee told Scout.com. "My dad called Coach Ken Rucker and had some questions for him. He wanted to know if Texas was recruiting me as a running back or as a cornerback. Coach Rucker said they recruited me as a tailback."

And that was that…

"Then I got on the phone and told (Rucker) I wanted to go to Texas," McGee continued. "He asked me if I was sure that that was where I wanted to go and I said, ‘Yep!'"

Ironically, when we last spoke to the 5-9, 185-pounder, it was LSU who stood to gain the east Texas tailback's verbal.

"I have been really high on them, but they were kind of falling off after Coach Nick Saban left," McGee explained. "And, really when you asked me who I liked, there was really only one school other than LSU that I liked and that was Texas. I might have wanted to go to Oklahoma State or somewhere else like that, but it was between LSU and Texas. And, since LSU had fallen off with Coach Saban not there, there really was only one school and that was Texas."

According to McGee, his father is a fan of both LSU and UT, but he, too, was higher on the Horns after Saban took the Miami Dolphins head coaching position.

"My father never told me to go to any certain school," McGee said. "He just wanted me to go somewhere I felt comfortable. But he is glad that I picked Texas, and he does like Texas a lot."

McGee joins two other running backs already in the Longhorn fold (Emmanuel Moody, Derke Robinson, filling one of UT's most pressing offensive needs. Texas entered spring training with a back-up (Ramonce Taylor) and an early enrollee (true freshman Michael Houston) as the top two running backs on campus, a situation the UT coaches are obviously looking to avoid in future years.

Additional Notes:

JR Stats: 201 carries, 2,039 yards, 27 TDs, KR AVG: 28.3 yards.

Academics: McGee is sporting somewhere between a 2.6 and 2.8 GPA. He is expected to qualify and said he's slated for an April ACT retake.

The Scout.com Texas Top 200 prospect also competes in track, running the second leg on the Longview 4x100 relay team. He's also going to participate in the individual 100 meters and 200 meters for the first time in his next track meet.


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