January 17, 2008

McGee and Oklahoma: Exceeding Expectations

For the longest time many assumed that if there was one player that Oklahoma would have to fight to get out of Muskogee it would be four-star defensive tackle Stacey McGee. In spite of a close friendship with 2007 Oklahoma signee Jontae Bumpus, and Sooner defensive line coach Jackie Shipp's long relationship with the area many felt the Sooners would be fighting an uphill battle.

Early on McGee concedes that idea was right as the thought of getting away from home was something he couldn't resist. However, after more time it became increasingly apparent to the nation's No. 86 player that he was hoping to stay much closer to home.

However, upon deeper introspection McGee admits that he always had an inkling that the fall of 2008 might bring Crimson and Cream into his wardrobe.

"I kind of had a feeling that I might end up there. Early on me and my family talked about it and they were asking if I really wanted to go out of state, at first I was like 'Yeah!' and then I started taking my visits; I went on my Texas Tech visit and I was gone three days and was already homesick," McGee mused.

"After going on my Oklahoma visit, seeing the place, being around the coaches, and hanging out with the players. Really spending a lot of time with the players it helped me being around guys that I knew I could be comfortable play with for a long time."

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