June 9, 2012

McGee gaining attention

Brookwood linebacker Shaun McGee's days of flying under the radar are rapidly coming to an end.

At 6-foot-3, 233 pounds, McGee certainly looks the part, and after attending a camp at Alabama a couple of weeks ago, the Brookwood star left Tuscaloosa with some big news from the defending national champions.

"Yes sir, they offered me and it was great," said McGee. "I guess I did well enough at that camp and they decided they wanted to offer me and I was really happy with it."

Just a few short days after receiving such a big time SEC offer, McGee made the short trip from his home in Snellville for Athens to spend a day with the Georgia coaching staff.

Despite not getting an offer on the visit, McGee did leave with more encouraging news.

"I saw down and talked with Coach (Mark) Richt, and he invited me to Dawg Night in July," said McGee. "I'll be at Dawg Night and I'll be working out there and all. After talking with Coach Richt, he seemed confident I would get a Georgia offer then."

The midweek trip to the Classic City also gave the three star linebacker a chance to bond with some members of the UGA coaching staff.

"I spent time with Coach O (Kirk Olivadotti), Coach T (Joe Tereshinski) Coach Van (Dave Van Halanger), Coach (Brian) McClendon, and Coach Richt," said McGee. "They were all cool guys. I also got to go in a film session with the linebackers coach, Coach O, and see what they do as a defense with their scheme and all."

Living less than an hour from Athens has helped McGee to become more familiar with UGA than most other programs to this point, and thus far, the Peach State sleeper likes what he sees.

"I've been out there a couple of times this year and I like it out there," said McGee. "They have a lot to offer and really focus on the family aspect of building a team."

Most prospects at this stage in their recruitment can point to an offer, a dream offer that they have always wanted based on the team they grew up watching.

McGee, however, does not have a dream offer, but it isn't because he didn't grow up with a favorite team.

"I grew up rooting for Miami because that was my uncle's favorite team and he was my little league football coach," he said. "I'll be honest, though. I never really had a dream offer because I never imagined being in this position."

With Alabama offering at their camp recently, and some other big time programs like UGA and Florida waiting to see him work out, the question becomes whether or not the Tide have a leg up on every one else for offering first?

According to McGee, this is all just part of it.

"I mean, no one has an advantage now," said McGee. "I had to work out for Alabama for them to offer, and I know I have to work out for UGA as well. These schools want to see me work out in the linebacker position, and I'm ready to show them what I can do. The same goes for Florida this Saturday when I camp up there."

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