January 10, 2008

2009 QB blows up at U.S. Army Combine

One of the top athletes in the class of 2009 had the opportunity to showcase his ability at the U.S. Army All-American Combine last week and he didn't take the opportunity lightly. Brandon McGee out of Lauderhill (Fla.) Plantation is a dual-threat quarterback who thrives with the ball in his hands. McGee proved why when he went under the stop-watch.

"I did pretty well," McGee said. "I went through registration and then Friday I ran a 4.51 in the 40. That was the lowest time in the group and probably the lowest of any quarterback there. I expected to run a 4.3 but one of the guys said that it was a slow surface so I was ok with it. One of my teammates ran a 4.49 and we're usually right around the same time so that was about right."

McGee's performance didn't go unnoticed by the Rivals.com staff in attendance. McGee was named the top athlete on the U.S. Army All-American All-Combine team. Because of his athleticism, many people see McGee as an athlete at the next level, but he saw this week as an opportunity to prove his ability to throw the ball as well.

"We did one-on-ones and I did well in it," he said. "All of my passes were on point. I definitely wanted to prove to everybody that I can throw too. I saw on the web it said that I'm a great athlete but it's clear that I'm not a quarterback on the next level. I want to prove them wrong and show them that I can be a quarterback.

"How it is that I'm an undersized quarterback, I have to prove what I can do. I had to go in and make a statement and make people pay attention to me. My mechanics were polished to a "T" and I think I performed well."

The impressive performance didn't come without a cost. McGee had sacrificed his Saturday mornings for the past two months preparing for the San Antonio event.

"Saturday mornings we would get up and train at the beach and run in the sand and throw," he said. "I've been training specifically for this combine for about two months now."

With two offers already in tow, McGee hopes that more opportunities come his way, particularly at the quarterback position.

"I've been hearing a lot from Central Florida and Alabama," he said. "Georgia Tech has been talking to me a lot. I would definitely have to say that Alabama is definitely catching my eye, and LSU. I got invited to a couple games at LSU but couldn't make it. I'm also interested in South Florida and Florida State who have both offered me. South Florida offered me as a quarterback though."

After his performance on the national stage, the versatile quarterback shouldn't expect the interest to slow down and should get plenty of opportunities, quarterback included.



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