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Top 60 Countdown: No. 28, CB Brandon McGee

Time to resume the countdown of the Top 60 players at The U with No. 28, cornerback Brandon McGee. He's only a true freshman, but he's very good and could be the answer to a big problem at cornerback for the Canes this season.

Brandon McGee > What we heard about him on Signing Day '09: McGee is a kid I met early on in the recruiting process and grew to like right away. His story is unforgettable. His mother died when he was young and his stepfather survived throat cancer and has raised him since she passed. McGee, who grew up an FSU fan, basically chose UM so he could remain close to his home in Plantation. The Canes certainly lucked out. He was a two-way star at Plantation, starring at quarterback and playing mostly safety. He finally got a chance to focus on cornerback his senior year. He was a U.S. Army All-American and ranked a consensus Top 10 cornerback in the country.

> What he's done as a Cane: McGee enrolled in UM in January and played in the spring, intercepting a pass in a scrimmage and returning it for a touchdown. He then suffered a hand injury (broken finger) and missed the spring game.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Hand injury or not, McGee was impressive in the spring because he made plays at a spot Miami hasn't had much playmaking from of late. With the sophomore Brandon Harris, junior Demarcus Van Dyke, converted receiver Sam Shields and senior Chavez Grant as his competition for playing time, Eye On The U believes it may not be very hard for McGee to win a starting job in the fall. That being said, whether he starts or not, the 6-foot, 185-pound McGee is going to play one way or the other. His 4.23-time in the 40-yard dash this spring and physical nature could make him UM's best cornerback by the end of the season. Yes, we expect a lot from Brandon McGee.


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of all the recruits this year. he is maybe my favorite. he reminds me of "waterbug" from friday night lights the movie. well actually lee thompson young. i like mcgee. he is gonna be a great one. duane starks comes to mind. but he should see playing time this year. chavez is a slot corner. and dvd and brandon will be a starter. he should spell them..

Hopefully our other Brandon (Harris) steps up too

Thanks for the countdown Manny. Agree 100% on this kid. DVD to Brandon Harris to Brandon McGee. Each year we have a freshman starting at CB.

Thanks for these breakdowns, Manny. Your work is appreciated, especially during this long, boring summer.

Go Canes!

4.2-40 yard dash....dang!!!

09 big year 4 canes

I met Brandon at the Army game in San Antonio earlier this year. I knew he was special when I called out his name, threw up the U, and Brandon looked at me, smiled, started nodding his head, and threw the U back to me. He came over and we chatted a bit, he signed some stuff for me. He really is classy, smart, REALLY competitive, aggressive at the line of scrimmage, and FAST! If you watched the Army Bowl, he and a West WR really got into it and Brandon was in his face the entire time, not backing down one bit. In fact, they actually had a little skirmish at one point. Kid is tough and certainly will not be intimidated by any WR's in college.

McGee may be a good player down the road but I was at majority of the spring practices and honestly he's not as good as Harris or Van Dyke or Grant. Granted he shouldn't be, being that he's fresh out of high school but for some to think he'll move any of those 3 guys out, it't not realistic. Harris was much better than McGee coming out of high school and he had a rough time in some games last year although I don't agree with some who say he had a horrible season because he actually played pretty good for a freshman cornerback(30 tackles, 1 sack,4 pass breakups,1 int). Some fans just put unrealistic expectations on these young kids. Let's watch McGee grow and learn and I'm sure he'll be a great player in a few years. That'll save you from bashing the kid when he gives up a couple plays.

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