September 19, 2007

Is McGee including Tech in top five?

In the realm of recruiting, finding athletes who can dominate is the name of the game. However, if that athlete is a defensive tackle, it's a double whammy. For whatever reason, the good Lord saw it fit to only manufacture a few large men who could move with grace, and those who meet the aforementioned criteria can earn a hefty paycheck one day by pursuing life on the gridiron. They can also have their pick of virtually any elite program in college football.

Consider Muskogee (OK) product Stacey McGee one of these lucky men.

At a trim 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, with a frame to hold much more weight, the standout defensive lineman has been tearing up the competition in 6A Oklahoma football.

"Well, it's gone OK," he said. "In our first game, I had 15 tackles, one sack, and a pass deflection, but this last week, I only had 9 tackles. We ended up losing to Union 23-11, so obviously I wish I could have done more."

However, McGee showed some senior leadership by insisting that he and his teammates can all learn something from the loss.

"I think it was a learning experience for us," he said. "We have a lot of younger guys and they haven't really learned how to play through pain yet. But once they learn that, we'll be OK. Our whole defensive line was ravaged by injuries, but we just kept playing hard and finished the game because we wanted to set an example."

Well, his younger teammates might not have learned how to deal with pain yet, but McGee certainly has.

"I actually had to have surgery on my hand after the Union game," he explained. "I had a fracture in my hand and a dislocated thumb. I also had turf toe, but I just had to keep playing hard. My hand feels better now, but I'm going to have to sit out a week or two. I'll be back for the Jenks game for sure."

Don't think McGee's combination of talent, production, and toughness has gone unnoticed by recruiters around the country.

"Man, I don't even know, I lost track a long time ago," he laughed when asked how many written offers he has. "I'm still open to everyone at this point. I'm not favoring anyone."

However, he does have an idea of which schools are leading for his services at this point.

"I would say right now it's OU, LSU, (Texas) Tech, Florida, and Tennessee," he explained. "But like I said, I'm still open to anyone who wants to offer. I'm just looking for the right place for me, wherever that is."

Well, needless to say, coaches across the country are crossing their fingers in hopes that a certain big fella from Muskogee, OK will decide their campus is the right place for him.

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