Junior update: Burnet QB Stephen McGee-part 1

IT caught up with 6-3, 200-pound Burnet QB <B>Stephen McGee</b> to get some information on exactly who his top schools are, what he's looking for in a school, when he expects to make his decision and what he thought about the recent Longhorn 'ship offer, UT's Thursday scrimmage, Mack Brown and Greg Davis, Chance Mock and Vince Young and more in this two-part report.

"I just came in from our Lampasas track meet," McGee told IT. "I only ran in the mile relay. We did okay with a 3 minute, 31 second time, but we can probably do a lot better. That was still good enough for first. And we (Burnet HS) won the meet."

With Texas and OU recently jumping into the fray with offers, might McGee have a little movement in his top five?

"Well, I still like the schools I listed before, like Georgia, USC, FSU, Purdue and A&M," McGee said. "But Texas and OU are certainly schools that I would love to go to as well. I'm very interested in all of those schools. I never was limited to the five I listed before and I'm not limited to the seven I gave you now. I'm not leaning to any one school. I want to look at all the schools that are showing interest in me before narrowing it down."

"Texas, OU and A&M are the only schools I have scholarship offers from," McGee told IT, contradicting information reported elsewhere. "Georgia and Purdue are looking at me really hard and they may offer. They never knew who I was until I sent them a tape, so they're beginning to show a lot of interest and have indicated that a scholarship offer is very likely. USC has also been in contact and could offer. They said I was one o f the three QBs they were looking at. But right now, I only have the three scholarship offers I gave you."

Of course, the Burnet Bomber mentioned in his school profile release that scheme would be an important factor in his decision.

"Our scheme at Burnet is taking what the D gives us," McGee said. "We spread it out, using mostly 4-wide and sometimes, 5-wide when we motion the back out of the backfield. We also go into the 'gun and we'll run and throw from that formation. So we have a multiple attack and we try to stay balanced."

"That's the type of scheme I'd like to play in," McGee continued. "But my main concern is playing in a scheme that wins. One that produces. That's not to say that I don't want to throw it around a little bit. I want to play for a team that can do both (run and pass)...a balanced offense."

"I mean, every quarterback wants to throw it all of the time," District's 25-3A MVP added. "And most passing QBs don't want to get stuck in some option-oriented attack either."

McGee (who was timed at 4.57 by Burnet coaches, said he's probably a low-4.6 guy, but thinks he can get his time down to the 4.5-range at a Nike camp-timed event) has already seen A&M and Texas. He's tripping to OU this weekend on an unofficial. Having a sister who attends Southern Cal, he'll visit the Trojans and with family in Athens, Georgia he'll check out the 'Dawgs as well.

"My mom has plenty of frequent-flyer miles so she's got me covered," McGee said. "I will graduate early and enroll in college in the spring semester, so I'm going to do my best to see some of the schools that are showing interest."

The senior-to-be who threw for over 2,800 yards, 34 TDs and 5 INTs said he'd like to make his decision before football starts.

"I don't even know if I'm going to take any officials," said McGee as he speculated on how he might go about narrowing down the schools. "I missed one practice in my whole life and that was because of a funeral. The only thing I want to worry about when football season starts is taking Burnet to the state championship game again. Recruiting will not get in the way of that."

Will he come to a point where he states that he has a top five and then begin to narrow it down?

"Yes, that's probably how I will handle it," McGee said. "I'll get as much information as I can and at some point, around the summer maybe, I'll pick a top four, five or six. Right now, I'm open."

And though his parents would like to see him stay a little closer to home, McGee said that he has their full support to play where he thinks he'll best fit.

"My family wants me to be happy and I just recently spoke to my father about that," McGee revealed. "And he said he just wanted me to go to a school that I felt would be the place for me."

As for what he thought about receiving a 'ship from the Longhorns and all of that other jazz, we'll bring that to you soon in part 2...

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