Alabama’s Nick Saban taking a closer look at one of Southeast’s top receivers
RESERVE, La. — Herb McGee, one of Louisiana’s top wide receivers in the 2016 class, has peaked the interest of Alabama coach Nick Saban.
McGee said Saban was reviewing his film, and the 6-foot-2, 175-pound wideout was planning to make the trek to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in hopes of earning an offer from the Crimson Tide.
“I never thought that I’d be such a big-time player when I was younger, nor have the offers that I have,” McGee said. “Alabama said they like me, and Nick Saban is going to look at my film again. I think Alabama is a great school and has one of the best coaches in college football.”
McGee, who currently plays quarterback for Riverside Academy (La.) but is being recruited as a receiver by colleges, holds offers from three SEC teams — LSU, Arkansas and Mississippi State.
McGee has already visited LSU, as well as Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama.
A trip to Tuscaloosa is already in the works, though no date has been specified yet.
“I have no visits set up yet,” McGee said, “but I do plan to visit Alabama real soon.”
One interesting hurdle in McGee’s recruitment is that he’s a two-sport athlete and has generated interest as a basketball player, too. He has basketball offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Florida State, Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette.
He’s a shooting guard who averaged 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 3.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game his junior season as Riverside went 27-0.
The two-sport thing has led to some hiccups in his recruitment, as schools are unsure whether he’ll play football or basketball in college. Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulane, Southeastern and Louisiana Tech have said he can play both sports.
McGee has also yet to decide whether he’ll pick one sport or try to do both at the next level.
“A lot of schools are waiting to see where I’m at between football and basketball, so I think I’d have more offers if they knew what sport I was playing,” McGee explained. “I don’t know whether I want to play both yet.”
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