One of the nation’s premier passers will be in Austin this weekend as Corona Centennial (Calif.) is set to officially visit the Texas Longhorns, he tells Burnt Orange Nation.
A four-star gunslinger, McKee toured the Forty Acres over the summer and raved to BON about the environment and how he’d fit into Tom Herman’s scheme at Texas, but the ‘Horns Big 12 meeting with Kansas State on Saturday will mark the first game he’s witnessed at Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium.
In what will be Texas’ prime opportunity to roll out the burnt orange carpet for the highest-ranked quarterback holding a Texas offer, McKee is most eager to experience the energy in Austin.
“[I] Want to feel the energy in Austin,” McKee told Burnt Orange Nation. “I've never been to a game there. I'm excited. Want to see how the coaches interact with the players. I'm going to imagine myself going to school there to see how it feels.”
Of course, a Texas victory to advance to 3-2 on the year would aid an electric energy, but steering away from the common narrative surrounding Texas’ pursuit of prolific prospects, how the ‘Horns perform on the field isn’t a major concern for McKee.
Rather, the California product is anticipating a more in-depth look at what’s been one of college football’s most discussed coaching staffs for the past 10 months.
“I don't get too caught up in wins and losses. Everyone loses or plays a bad game now and then,” McKee said. “I want to see how teams bounce back from games like that and how the coaches interact and make their players better. Coaches just have to be themselves. They are good guys. I already know that. That's why I'm taking an official there.”
Along with the Longhorns, the U.S. Army All-American will officially visit Alabama on Nov. 4, Stanford on Nov. 25 and BYU at some point in early 2018. As is, Texas will seemingly need put on one of its best recruiting efforts in hopes of keeping McKee away from Alabama and some prominent powers closer to home.
Could Texas finally turning the corner to begin the Herman era result in the nation’s No. 29 player calling Austin home following his two-year mission trip?
“Time will only tell,” McKee said. “I feel Coach Herman and his staff have what it takes to turn the corner. They did it at Houston.”