Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings , a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with one of Alabama’s top quarterback targets.
Tanner McKee still strongly considering Alabama
Those who follow Alabama recruiting are most likely familiar with the name Emory Jones. He would be the Tide’s top quarterback target in the 2018 class. Jones, a 4-star prospect from Heard County High School (Franklin, Ga.), is currently committed to Ohio State, but a flip to Alabama remains likely.
There’s also another 2018 quarterback prospect who is strongly considering Alabama. That would be 4-star recruit Tanner McKee from Centennial High School (Corona, Calif.).
McKee took an official visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend for the LSU game, and it couldn’t have gone better for the Army All-American.
“It was a great trip. I loved it,” McKee told SEC Country. “I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches. That was great. The game was amazing, too.”
I know you’re probably thinking why two elite quarterbacks in the same class would consider committing to the same program, but even if McKee decided to commit to Alabama, it wouldn’t affect Jones’ status with the Tide.
McKee will perform a two-year Mormon mission trip after graduating from high school. He’ll learn where he’s serving his mission in March before he departs in June. He’s interested in serving his mission in New Zealand, which is where his father did his when he was younger.
So, essentially, McKee is a Class of 2020 prospect, even though he’s planning on making his commitment on National Signing Day in February. He will not sign his letter of intent on that day, so he will count against whichever school’s 2020 class.
That’s why McKee’s decision will not affect Jones, who wants to be the only quarterback in the class, in any way.
This was McKee’s second trip to Tuscaloosa. The first time he wrapped up his trip, he told SEC Country he could see himself playing for the Tide in 2020. He left Tuscaloosa this time around with the same thoughts.
“I would say the fact they will help you to be the best player you can be is what stands out,” McKee said. “I really believe that. Their program is about hard work and competition. I like that. That’s how it is at my high school.”
What he also loves is coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. The nation’s No. 2 pro-style QB got to spend lots of time with both coaches on this trip. He had the customary brunch at Saban’s house on Sunday, where he learned how personable the coach is and how much he cares for each player.
“I love how they run their program,” McKee said. “Coach Saban is the best there is. I didn’t have any huge questions because I had been there before. It was fun to see how their program is run up close. I wanted to get to know their coaches and I felt I did that.”
So, is there anything else he needs to see out of Alabama before he makes his decision?
“Not really. They were great,” McKee said. “They are very impressive. I will finish my visits and then evaluate everything.”
McKee has already taken an official visit to Texas A&M, in addition to Alabama. He’ll take visits to Stanford, Washington and BYU before deciding on his school of choice.
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