November 02, 2011
Fresno Edison quarterback Khari McGee might not be a household name yet, but he will be soon. The 6'3 205 quarterback not only has all the size needed to be a star at the position, but has a diverse skill set rarely seen in a player so young.
McGee is a dynamic athlete at the quarterback position with the ability to beat you with his legs and his arm. As a passer, McGee has strong fundamentals which combined with his rocket arm allow him to make almost any throw on the field. He is very mobile in the pocket and doesn't lose touch when throwing on the run and knows how to find an open man even when the play breaks down. He can throw the 15 yard out and his touch on deep passes has really improved over the course of this year.
McGee lists Oregon's Darren Thomas and NFL star Cam Newton as two of his football role models, and when you see Khari run you can understand why. McGee has blazing speed and field vision like a running back as a runner from the pocket, but also isn't afraid to plow right thorugh defenders. At over 200 pounds, his body his superior to most high school players and you would think he was a third down running back with the way he bowls over linebackers.
Edison has great football tradition and has been known to produce top tier talent and McGee, who has led the Tigers to a 7-1 record so far this season, hopes to carve a place for himself in that proud football history.
"I want to kind of emerge as a great player," McGee said. "Continue to play well but always focus on getting better. You know I always set the highest standard for myself and see if I can take what I do to the top level and the NFL is that top level in football, that is the place I want to reach," McGee said.
While his long term goals are lofty, for now McGee is entirely focused on finishing his season strong with Edison and winning league. The Tigers are off to a strong start in league play, opening league play with a 3-0 record and the knowledge that a win Friday over Madera would guarantee them at least a share of their league title.
McGee's play has drawn the attention of scouts from across the country and while he doesn't have any offers yet, McGee's mailbox has been flooded with letters from schools interested in his services. "I get a lot of letters from Oregon, Oregon especially," McGee said. McGee also mentoined UCLA, Iowa, Arizona State and Washington as schools that have been sending him letters.
While McGee has had a great junior season and will soon have plenty of college options, he always plays with one special person in mind: his mother.
"I moved to California from Florida and I've seen my mom have to go through struggles," McGee said. "She works so hard and we've been through things together and right when I started playing football at a young age I told her 'I want to make it so you never have to work another day in your life' and I really want to make that dream come true for her."