Last season, Shaun McGee (Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood) did not start the first five games for the Broncos. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect did start the next five games and into the playoffs at nose guard and defensive end, registering 31 tackles and six sacks.
Programs got a look at him this spring, and McGee’s recruitment exploded, with 26 offers from programs like Alabama, Arizona State and North Carolina. One school had yet to offer, and it was one that McGee wanted more than any other. After competing at Dawg Night, McGee got the scholarship he had been waiting for.
“I have had my eye on Georgia for a while and took a couple visits here before,” McGee said. “My goal was to come into Dawg Night and get the offer, so it felt pretty good to accomplish that.”
Following the camp, held at Sanford Stadium, McGee was approached by the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator, who was very impressed with McGee’s performance, one of his first at inside linebacker.
“Coach [Todd] Grantham came up to me and told me I did a great job,” McGee said. “He liked my combination of size and speed and how well I adapted to the position.
"All they had to do was tell me once and they told me I would it as if I had been playing inside linebacker all of my life. Coach Grantham said that Coach [Mark] Richt wanted to talk to me after the camp,” McGee said. “Then I got the news from Coach Richt that I had an offer. I kind of chuckled and we shook hands and I thanked him for the offer.”
With that, the Bulldogs have taken the lead for the new in-state linebacker prospect.
“Georgia is at the top definitely,” McGee said. “I will be at Alabama Sunday and that will be the last school I visit.”
Although the National Champions will get another chance to sway McGee, he admits that the opportunity to play early in Athens could make it difficult for the Tide to make a push.
“Coach Richt and the team in general is the reason they lead,” McGee said. “I have to compete sooner at Georgia. If I were to choose to come here I would have a real chance to compete and hopefully getting a starting job, plus I feel like with our class coming into Georgia we have a chance to come in, make an impact, and compete for SEC and national championships.”
The Bulldogs’ head coach is also a big factor.
“Not only that, I just love the fact that Coach Richt is a Christian man that keeps God first in everything he does,” McGee said. “That really stands out to me and my family because you want to play for someone that shares the same ideals as you.”
Helping Georgia in its recruiting efforts with the newest target are two other commitments.
“Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) are my boys and I got a chance to bond with them today,” McGee said. “I did not sense they were unsure with their commitment to Georgia at all today. When I got the Georgia offer they had nothing but good things to say about the program and they seemed all in.”
Even though they live only 45 minutes from Athens, this was the first trip to Georgia for McGee’s mother, Cindy McLean. Witnessing her son get the offer was a moment neither of them will ever forget.
“My mom knows how much I love Georgia so she was just happy to see me get the offer,” McGee said. “We are just thankful to God.”
“Shaun has been up here several times and he loves it,” McLean said. “It is basically his choice because I do not have to go here, he does. I feel excited about the possibility of him going to school only 45 minutes away. It would be very good for him to play close to home so his family can go to every game. We were talking with Coach Richt and I told him if you feel it in your heart then do it.”