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5-star California QB Tanner McKee still high on ‘Horns

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The Corona, California product has shined in the Opening Finals this weekend, and could take an official visit to Texas soon.

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Five-star quarterback and Texas target Tanner McKee is in no rush to commit, but his recruitment has heated up during Nike’s The Opening Finals this weekend.

The Corona (Calif.) native is one of 12 quarterbacks invited to the prestigious 7-on-7 showcase.

McKee is ranked as the No. 25 overall player in the class of 2018, and the No. 3 pro-style quarterback. Though the 6’6, 220-pounder is known for his potent arm, he has the athleticism to beat defenses with his legs.

McKee told Scout on Thursday that he plans on narrowing his options to five or seven schools in a couple of weeks, and then committing after his senior season.

McKee named Alabama, Washington, BYU and Texas as the four schools he’s visited unofficially that have left the biggest impression on him so far.

McKee told Burnt Orange Nation in May that his favorite part of his Texas visit was the coaching staff and the “family environment”.

“Everyone there loved being part of the program,” McKee said. “You could feel it.”

Expect Texas to be one of McKee’s four official visits. The Centennial High School product told the Austin America-Statesman on Saturday that he will “probably be back” to Austin.

McKee picked up a Texas offer in early March after an impressive Elite 11 showing in Houston. He holds 22 total offers to date.

McKee, who is a member of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, plans on taking a two-year mission trip after high school. This means that though he is technically graduating high school in 2018, he won’t arrive on a college campus until 2020.

McKee being 2020 freshman is actually good news for Tom Herman, as a pair of four-star quarterbacks in Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising are already pledged to the ‘Horns for 2018.

As a gunslinger who can also run, McKee would be an excellent fit for Herman’s pro-spread attack.