One of UGA’s top football recruits didn’t make it to his official visit with the Bulldogs this past weekend.
But there was a good reason for it.
Shaun McGee, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker from Brookwood High School, suffered a leg injury in the final minutes of Friday night’s loss to archival Parkview.
McGee left the game, and was on crutches on Friday night and Saturday. After being examined by doctors, it was determined that he had a high ankle sprain. McGee, who is now using a walking boot, said his status for Brookwood’s next game is questionable.
“I actually called over to Georgia on late Friday night to let them know that I was not going to be able to make it,” McGee said. “I was supposed to check in at the hotel in Athens that night after the game.
“I was upset that I couldn’t make it, I really was, especially since I had been planning to make that game since last year when I took an unofficial visit to Tennessee to watch Georgia. I really wanted to be there on Saturday. I just couldn’t make it. I haven’t had the chance yet to talk to Coach Richt yet and explain to him what happened.”
McGee and his mother have rescheduled his official visit to UGA when the Bulldogs play Georgia Tech on Nov. 24.
What other schools are still recruiting McGee? He’s still hearing from Alabama, Florida, and Pittsburgh on a regular basis. McGee has decided to visit to Alabama, although he isn’t sure when.
“I think I’m going to take a visit to Alabama — just to see those guys and talk to them,” McGee said. “I’m still really strong on Georgia and I don’t feel like I’m going to change my mind. But those guys at Alabama were good to me. I think I might go up there and say hey to them. I kind of had a relationship outside of football with [Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart]. I might just go up there and hang out with them a little bit. Not on an official visit, though.”
UGA beat out Alabama for McGee after the Bulldogs made a July offer to McGee at “Dawg Night” prospect camp. McGee committed to UGA a couple of days later.
Back to Friday: McGee’s injury happened with around eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. “They snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head and everybody was running towards the ball,” Brookwood coach Mark Crews said. “I don’t know if there was anything special about the play, other than we got called for defensive blocking in the back, which is not very common. Shaun just got his ankle rolled up on.
Said McGee: “I got hit on my ankle from both sides. It’s frustrating. I’m probably not going to play Friday because I’m still not able to walk on it.” McGee also got his lip busted open during the game.
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