Quarterback planning to visit Arizona

Quarterback planning to visit Arizona

Khari McGee has been in contact with the Arizona coaching staff for a while. Now that Brandon Cox is headed elsewhere, where does Arizona stand? Will McGee visit? Read on for those answers and more.

It is no secret that Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez likes to sign multiple quarterbacks in each recruiting class. With the recent parting of ways with Brandon Cox, the Wildcats are down to two quarterback commits, Anu Solomon and Tommy Woodson.

One potential candidate that the Wildcats are looking at to add to the list is Fresno (Calif.) Edison HS signal caller Khari McGee.

The 2013 prospect is a 6-foot-3 dual-threat quarterback who runs an offense similar to Arizona's in his current high school system.

The Wildcats have kept contact with McGee, often checking in just to see how he is doing in school.

"I've been talking to one of the coaches about visiting after the season," McGee said. "They've already offered and everything, but we are just getting more acquainted. They ask me questions and I ask them questions about their school. We talk about what I can do there with the kind of offense that they run.

"Coach Kirelawich talks to me about my family and asks me about my grades. He always asks me if I'm getting senioritis. They want me to stay focused and keep my head on straight."

McGee only has only picked up a few offers heading into his senior season. However, of the schools that have extended scholarships to him, three Pac-12 schools stand out.

"I have a top three right now," he said. "Oregon State, Arizona, and Utah, but there's no order between them.

"I'm just looking at each school closely and keeping all of my options open right now. I want to make sure that I make the right decision."

The Utes are in McGee's top three despite the fact that Cox recently switched his verbal to Utah.

"His decision doesn't really affect me," McGee said. "It's a D-1 school and they're going to play who they think fits their offense and their system. If I go into a school with another guy and he plays well and I get beat, then I can't get mad at that. I just have to compete."

Similarly, his absence at Arizona doesn't affect his views on the Wildcats, other than from a scholarship limit standpoint. McGee confirmed that he wants to go into the program of his choice and compete for playing time.

"It doesn't really change my view of Arizona," he said. "I'm not really afraid of quarterback competition. It's college football and everyone should already know that a team isn't going to sit out their best player.

"They're going to put their best person on the field to help the team win, so to me it doesn't matter who's committed where."

McGee's high school team struggled at the start of the season while coping with the loss of the teammate, but has started to heal. The team has been up and down on the field, leading to a 4-3 record.

"My high school season started off a little rocky, but we're going strong now," he said. "Just got over the death of a teammate and we're trying to bounce back."

Off the field, the senior has been trying to prepare himself for the next level while helping his team improve with each practice.

"Film is the biggest thing for me this season," McGee said. "I've been staying home on my computer looking at film all night long. I look at my big mistakes and my little mistakes just trying to get better.

"I stay after practice with the coaches and ask questions. I also try to help out my fellow teammates and the younger guys if they have questions or anything."

McGee won't be deciding on a college any time soon. He still wants to take a few official visits and won't make a decision until seeing a few campuses.

"I'll be waiting to decide for a while," he said. "I have some visits to take first. I'll be visiting Oregon State and Utah in the near future, but those don't have dates set yet.

"Most likely, the first week after the season is over, I'm going to be visiting Arizona."

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