After earning a football scholarship at this past weekend’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp, Shaun McGee decided to accept it on Monday.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker from Brookwood High School committed to UGA over Alabama among his 32 offers. He’s ranked as a 3-star by Rivals, and pledged to UGA after visiting the campus again on Monday.
“I just feel like it’s close to home here, but not only that – I felt like they’re family at Georgia … I got the family vibe,” McGee told the AJC.
“I love what they’re trying to do at Georgia. I’m just ready to get started. Not only that, but I can also get a world-class education here as well. It’s just a win-win situation, playing for an elite team at an elite school with good academics. I just feel like I can’t go wrong with Georgia.”
What helped UGA vs. Alabama? “Well, it’s just how I felt around the people at Georgia. I have a good relationship with all of the coaches, and most of the players I’ve met. I just felt more of a family vibe here.”
And what if UGA hadn’t offered only a few days ago? “Then obviously I would’ve had to make another decision. But I had my eye on Georgia for a while. I was waiting for them to pull the trigger. I had been up here a couple of times, and this visit kind of put the nail in the coffin.”
Brookwood coach Mark Crews on McGee committing to UGA: “I think Georgia is getting an outstanding player, a guy that’s developed into a really strong athlete. But there also getting an outstanding kid. One of things that we pride ourselves on at Brookwood is that we try to teach them more than just playing the game of football. We teach them character … Shaun is just an outstanding kid and an outstanding athlete.”
And picking UGA was not a difficult choice when they looked at all the important factors, according to Crews. “You can go to 15 different colleges, and they are all competitive, as far as the facilities. They all have the ‘wow’ factor because that’s how they recruit. You go to LSU or Alabama, and there are certain things that are attractive, things that have the ‘wow’ factor. But when you get down and look at Georgia, it’s 45 minutes from home and you’re playing in the SEC – the best league in the country. If you have the opportunity in front of 100,000 people every Saturday and you’re from the state of Georgia and you’re going to live in the state of Georgia, what’s the downside? There’s not a whole lot you can do to improve on that when life choices are concerned. Not just football, but the whole package.”
UGA now has 22 commitments for 2013.
UGA commits for 2013