"He said that he should be in my spring training," McGhee (5-foot-11, 213 pounds) said in a recent telephone interview. "And that he was looking at me since I was a sophomore."
McGhee, who said he has received mail from 32 schools, has interest in the Badgers, along with Colorado, Kansas, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. He expects all seven of his favorites to scout some portion of Langham Creek's spring workouts. Texas is an anomaly in that it allows high school football programs to practice for a portion of the spring.
"We should have a good amount of scouts come to our spring training because we have two other Division I-A prospects," McGhee said, referring to wide receiver Kevin Perry and quarterback Ross Jenkins, who also reportedly has interest in Wisconsin.
McGhee has not received any formal scholarship offers, though he said that Colorado and Kansas each told him he may receive one soon.
"[Colorado] said it's pretty much going to be a done deal," McGhee said.
Texas A&M told McGhee he will need to come to a one-day camp this summer so that the Aggies can further evaluate him and that an offer could come after that visit. McGhee plans to make that trip and is also considering attending a camp at Northwestern.
In January, Scout.com reported that Texas A&M was McGhee's top school and that Colorado was outside of McGhee's top five. But what was true then is no longer the case. On the contrary, the Buffaloes are McGhee's new leader.
Colorado has some substantial built-in advantages. McGhee's father, Kanavis McGhee, was an All-American linebacker and four-year starter at Colorado, who spent six seasons in the NFL between the New York Giants, Houston Oilers and Cincinnati Bengals. In 1990, Kanavis McGhee's senior year, the Buffaloes won a national championship.
"When they asked him to coach the summer camps when I was younger I'd go over there with him too," said Davyon McGhee, who understandably grew up a Colorado fan. "So I've been exposed to Colorado since I was like 10."
The Aggies also remain high on McGhee's list; he has made two unofficial visits to Texas A&M this spring.
"I love Texas A&M's campus," McGhee said. "That's why it is one of my top schools. And I like their football team."
According to the Houston Chronicle, McGhee, who has recorded a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, ran for 558 yards and six touchdowns on 150 carries last fall as the Lobos struggled through an 0-10 season.
McGhee expects to start both ways this fall, adding middle linebacker to his résumé. He said he could also see himself playing defense in college, either as a linebacker or as a strong safety.