October 19, 2008

Miami commit a quick study at cornerback

There is no denying the athleticism of four-star prospect Brandon McGee out of Lauderhill (Fla.) Plantation High School. The Miami commit runs a sub-4.4 forty-yard dash and has excelled at quarterback since his sophomore season based solely on his athleticism.

However, the Hurricanes recruited McGee as a cornerback and until this year, McGee played the position only sparingly. With over half of his senior year behind McGee, it would be safe to consider any questions about his ability to make the transition to defense answered.

Due to sophomore quarterback Immoni Carswell's ability to step in under center for Plantation, McGee has been able to make the full-time switch to the defensive side of the ball.

"The season's going real good," McGee said. "They got me on full time defense. I was definitely happy because that just gives me more experience that I can take with me to Miami. I'm just getting used to playing defense."

It didn't take long for McGee to make an impact. In the first game of the season, the Rivals250 prospect was already making waves.

"I definitely think I've picked it up pretty quickly," he said. "I actually picked it up faster than people thought I would. My first game I had an interception. The adjustment is just getting your instincts down because defense is more about reacting. Once I got that part down I was full go."

Due to his versatility and athleticism, McGee has been handling spot duty on offense, making some cameo appearances at both wide receiver and quarterback. Defensively though, he is up to over 17 solo tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery along with his interception.

The physical aspect of defense has not been a difficult adjustment for McGee either. At 5-foot-11 and around 190 pounds, McGee certainly has the frame to work with.

"I've definitely been getting my head in there on tackles and stuff like that," he said. "At first it was kind of new to me but people say I'm a real physical corner."

With the way he is developing, the Miami coaching staff should be excited about getting McGee on campus. McGee is certainly excited about getting there. In fact, McGee has plans of enrolling early in January.

"I'm definitely fired up about Miami," he said. "I'll be there in January. I just got all my paper work done and my financial aid and all of that. "

McGee has already developed a good relationship with a few other top prospects in Miami's 2009 recruiting class as well.

"Me and Mike James, we're real cool. We're probably going to end up rooming together. Me and Bryce Brown talk and text. I'm trying to work on Antwon Lowery and trying to get him to commit."

After a 1-2 start to the season, Plantation has improved to 5-2 as it gears up for a playoff run.


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