LINCOLN, Neb. — A mix of faith and eagerness is what led 4-star quarterback Tanner McKee, one of Nebraska’s top recruiting priorities, to become the first 2018 QB invited to the prestigious Elite 11 competition this June.
Instead of competing in the March 12 regional competition in Los Angeles, McKee traveled from his home in Corona, Calif., to Houston the weekend of Feb. 5 to compete in the first Nike Opening Regional, primarily because it worked best for his schedule.
“I’m LDS (Church of Latter-day Saints) and the one in L.A. was on a Sunday, Houston was on a Saturday,” McKee said.
Saturday or Sunday, it didn’t seem to matter to the evaluators. Or McKee.
The 6-foot-6, 199-pound quarterback said he felt relaxed that day and thought he threw the ball pretty well.
After the drills concluded, McKee said event organizers gathered everyone at midfield and started listing off the MVPs for the day.
“And then they just said, ‘and the quarterback with the first invite to the Elite 11 is Tanner McKee,’ ” the quarterback said. “I was obviously hoping for that. I don’t know if I expected it but I was really happy.”
McKee will compete against (as the name suggests) 10 other top quarterbacks at the competition in June. Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa was the Elite 11 MVP last year.
McKee currently holds 14 scholarships offers, most recently from Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Houston and Virginia Tech. He also has offers from BYU and Stanford.
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf is the main coach recruiting McKee to Nebraska, he said. McKee unofficially visited Nebraska on Nov. 19, the same day he was offered.
With the influx of offers, McKee said Nebraska is still high on his list.
“With my list of offers they’re still in my top five,” McKee said.
McKee is currently gearing up for volleyball season. He’s an outside hitter for Centennial High School. Volleyball and workouts for football are keeping the 4-star prospect busy. So he doesn’t expect to have any decisions on official visits anytime soon.
He’s also not sure if he’s going to be able to find time to go to a spring game, though he’s trying to figure things out with dates.
“Right now we’re just trying to find time to go with the schools that I’m interested in,” McKee said.