McGee talks recruiting

One of the more physical defensive back prospects in the JC route this season is NDSCS CB/S Jerrell McGee (5-10, 190). He's got the speed to play corner, but he hits like a safety and several D-1 programs have taken notice. caught up with the talented defensive back recently and he updated us on things including the difference between North Dakota and his homestate of Florida...

"Yeah, it's a lot different out here compared to where I'm from," McGee said with a laugh earlier this week. "But it's cool because I like the coaches and I am just doing football and school, so there are no distractions for me."

McGee prepped at Rockledge High School in Florida and he was heavily recruited after a standout senior season, but he was unable to qualify, so he headed to North Dakota State.

As a freshman, McGee had a solid season, posting over 50 tackles and two interceptions and this season he's already off to a great start, registering 20 tackles, a blocked field goal for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown.

"I don't have any picks yet, but they will come," McGee said. "I'm just working on my technique and just concentrating on what I need to do to make plays."

McGee has excellent speed, posting a 4.34 during summer testing and he also has impressive strength, repping 225 pounds 12 times on the bench press.

With that speed and strength, McGee said he's ready to play wherever a team needs him to start in their secondary.

"I like playing zone actually," McGee said. "I can man up and play bump-and-run, but I like playing zone where I can read things and make plays on the ball.

"I played some strong safety too and I really like to hit, so it's tough to say what I would like better because I like both."

On the recruiting front, one D-1 program has already stepped forward with an offer and plenty more are keeping their eyes on him.

"Florida International offered me over the summer," McGee said. "Florida and Ole Miss have talked to me a few times on the phone and Colorado and Nebraska have talked to me too.

"I have letters from a bunch of different schools, but those are the ones that I've talked to on the phone."

So, with FIU offering, did McGee think about committing early?

"Sorta, but honestly, I wanted to see what else was out there," McGee said. "I like the staff there a lot, but I wanted to make sure I waited to see who else was looking at me and I really want to make the best dicision for me, so I'm going to take some visits before I commit somewhere."

McGee is on pace to graduate this coming May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

Last weekend, the Wildcats beat Joliet to go 2-2 and this weekend they will take on Grand Rapids on the road.

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