Four-star quarterback Tanner McKee spoke with Campus Insiders regarding his recent offer from UCLA and where the Bruins stack up against rival USC in his recruitment.
Growing up, Tanner McKee cheered for USC on Saturdays, but he always had a soft spot for the Trojans’ biggest rival. With many of his dad’s friends being UCLA alumni, McKee quietly admired the Bruins.
And when he visited the UCLA campus for its spring game last year, he had a chance to admire it up close. So, once Jim Mora’s staff offered the nation’s No. 17 quarterback and No. 178 overall player a scholarship last week, the Bruins instantly became contenders for McKee’s commitment.
“It’s a beautiful campus, and I like that they are close to home,” McKee told Campus Insiders.
Although, if McKee were to pick UCLA, it would be ironic for another reason. He’d be following Josh Rosen, who has maintained a star status since beginning his collegiate football career.
“I believe I would fit in really well,” he said of a potential UCLA commitment. “I think Rosen and I have a similar style of play. We played against him my freshman year in the CIF Championship. He is a great player, and I like what UCLA has done with him.”
Don’t put the Corona, California native in a Bruins uniform just yet, though. Many other schools are targeting him, and one of them is his childhood team, which happens to have a star quarterback of its own.
“I think I’d fit USC’s system well, too. Sam Darnold had an incredible year,” McKee said.
The one issue with a potential future with the Trojans, though, is the fact they already have a commitment from 5-star quarterback Matt Corral.
“I don’t get too caught up in who has committed where. I guess it’s something I would consider, but I’ve competed my whole life,” McKee said. “There are a lot of good QBs out there, and when you are talking major D-1 football, I think you have to expect to compete for your spot no matter where you end up.”
If the Trojans were somehow able to land both Corral and McKee, that would make two highly-touted 2018 passers out of California, which USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin calls “Quarterback Heaven.”
But if Clay Helton wants to add McKee to his class, he’ll need to step it up. Even though he and Martin have met with McKee multiple times, new UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is actively recruiting the signal caller.
The 4-star quarterback is staying even keeled, though, examining his recruitment like a teenage politician.
“Both are great programs, but it feels like USC is getting to where they want to be a little quicker,” he said. “With Rosen and some of the guys UCLA has been getting, they will be good, too.”
Alabama, BYU, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, Stanford and Washington have all been showing interest in McKee as well.