Overview: John McGee is a senior who is an offensive tackle for Henderson State. Coming out of high school he was a 4-star recruit who was ranked by Rivals.com as the 6th best offensive guard in the country. He is a great athlete who has good foot work.
I had the pleasure of interviewing John, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Henderson State?
JG: Originally out of high school I signed with the University of Oklahoma, but needed time to mature and reevaluate things. Luckily, the coaching staff at Henderson State reached out to me and I ended up signing with them immediately after a visit.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
JG: I’ve yet had the opportunity to showcase some of athleticism and plan to use that to my advantage to catch the eyes of those watching.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JG: Strengths: quick feet, lateral quickness, firm jump set
Weaknesses: Sometimes Blitz recognition in both run and pass plays, vertical sets
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JG: I’d have to say my athleticism. It’s always given me an advantage over my counterparts.
C: Do you prefer run blocking or pass blocking?
JG: Pass blocking
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JG: In terms of athleticism I would have to say Lane Johnson. He’s a big guy but moves fluidly with his hips and is strong with his hands which I see myself as.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JG: I’d have to say a teammate of mine, Glennon Bobo, the guy went 110% every rep.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JG: I typically listen to music and try and go over plays in my head in regards to different schemes and scenarios the defense might present. It’s essential I feel to have music before the game. It’s a definite energy booster that players need sometimes to get going.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JG: “Stop making excuses and start making things happen.”
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
JG: I believe that people should know that I enjoy competing against the best. It’s always an opportunity to showcase my talents and I feel that beating the best makes the game that much more enjoyable.
Locker Room Update would like to thank John McGee for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2017 draft prospect.
Follow him on Twitter: @CLHMcGee