One of the top football athletes in the Florida Panhandle is Damarius McGhee (6-0 160) of Pensacola. He excels at quarterback receiver and cornerback for Catholic High School. USC offered McGhee earlier this year, and the Gamecocks seem him as a defensive player. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Travaris Robinson has been heading up his recruiting for USC and has been joined by defensive assistants Mike Peterson and Kyle Krantz.
“The coaches have been calling to see how I’m doing,” McGhee said. “I’ve been talking to Coach T-Rob, Coach Krantz and Coach Peterson. He (Robinson) likes DBs like me. He likes that I’m tall and physical.”
McGhee has not yet visited USC. He had planned to come in this spring before recruiting visits were put on hold. So, he’s only seen the Gamecocks from afar. He plans to take an official visit with the Gamecocks when once one can be scheduled. Florida State was the only school he was able to visit before recruiting shut down.
“They’ve got a great defense and I like the coverages they run,” McGhee said. “I’ve been watching them for awhile and I like the way they play.”
Along with USC, McGhee has offers from Tennessee and Louisville. Those two join the Gamecocks as his current top three. He also holds offers from Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Illinois and Georgia Tech.
McGhee was a stat-sheet stuffer last season. According to MaxPreps, he caught 20 passes for 443 yards and 3 touchdowns, rushed for 70 yards and 3 scores, passed for 109 yards and 3 scores, had 47 tackles, 6 interceptions and 5 pass deflections, blocked one field goal, and he averaged over 30 yards on kickoff and punt returns and scored 3 touchdowns.