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4-star QB Tanner McKee talks Tom Herman, Texas

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The ‘Horns will have a huge chance to emerge as a realistic option in the coming months.

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After remaining on constant contact with the Texas Longhorns staff for the past couple weeks, four-star Centennial (Calif.) quarterback Tanner McKee spoke with Tom Herman for the first time on Thursday as part of a conversation that came accompanied by an offer.

An elite prospect by all accounts, as evident in his Elite 11 Finals invitation, McKee’s contact with the Texas staff began weeks ago when new offensive coordinator Tim Beck reached out, expressing delight in what he saw on film from the California native.

“At first he [Beck] said he loved my film and wanted to get to know me better,” McKee told Burnt Orange Nation. “That was about two weeks ago. We text almost everyday. We would talk about UT and what a great coach Tom Herman is.”

The fact that McKee’s film left a lasting impression shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. As a junior at national powerhouse Centennial, McKee completed 203-280 passes for 3,523 yards and 39 touchdowns, and despite his “pro-style” label, McKee added another 539 yards and 15 scores with his legs.

While Beck will continue to cultivate his relationship with McKee, the coveted quarterback’s relationship with Herman is just beginning, but it’s off to a solid start.

“Good,” McKee said of his relationship with Herman. “He seems like a great guy.”

“From what I've heard, I like how coach Herman runs things,” McKee added.

It won’t be long until McKee can see if what he’s hearing about Herman from Beck and others is true. The nation’s No. 7-ranked pro-style quarterback told BON he’s set to visit the Forty Acres for the May 2 weekend. At that point, Herman can roll out the red carpet for the 6’6, 199-pounder and McKee already has a check list in mind for what he’ll need to see from Texas in order to really consider the ‘Horns down the stretch.

“Two things are important to me,” McKee said. “Academics and how well I get along with the coaches and fit their system.”

Texas will be in no shortage of competition for McKee’s services. To date, he holds 19 offers, including invitations from Alabama, UCLA, North Carolina, Colorado, Nebraska and Georgia, among others.

McKee ranks as the nation’s No. 138 player and the No. 18 player in California, per 247Sports Composite.