Paving His Path

Mississippi Scout
Posted Sep 17, 2013

Michael McGhee out of Oxford, Miss., had a breakout sophomore season when he led the Chargers in tackles with 118. This season, he hasn't missed a beat.

Oxford High is off to a 4-0 start and have broken into the Top 10 poll in Mississippi.

"It feels good to get our school some recognition," McGhee said. "We're playing well right now. We just have to keep our focus and take it one game at a time. I've been our leading tackler in our two biggest games this year against Lafayette and Starkville"

The Chargers defeated their cross-town rival Lafayette 30-0 this past Friday. It was Oxford's second straight win after the Commodores were on a five-game winning streak.

"It was a good game, real good game. We just played it one play at a time and kept our focus. Now we just have to play each game like we have the last four. If we do that, we'll have a good finish to our season. I feel like we have a great chance to win it all this year. We're better on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball."

The 235-pound linebacker plays a physical game. He likes to play between the tackles, but he can also play in space.

"My quickness is better. I played at 250 pounds last year and now I'm like 235. That's helped me with my footwork. I've been doing a lot of speed squats and lateral drills and footwork drills. I'm trying to get my 40 time down to a 4.6."

A couple of linebackers caught his eye through the various camps he went to last summer.

"I went to the MSU and Ole Miss senior camps, and there was a guy named Keith Holcomb out of Alabama that I really liked. He was committed to MSU, but he's committed to Alabama now. There's another linebacker named Gerri Green that I like a lot. He's out of Greenville."

What are some of the goals he has set out for himself for his junior season?

"I want to be recognized as the best linebacker in Mississippi out of my class. I feel like I have a nose for the ball, and that allows me to make big plays."

The two in-state SEC schools look to be showing McGhee the most attention so far.

"They're coming after me pretty hard right now. Ole Miss just wants me to work on my 40 time and MSU likes how I have a nose for the ball. When I went over there for the MSU camp I wasn't getting much attention except from coach (Deshae) Townsend. The linebacker coach was working mostly with the guys who were already committed so I didn't get much feedback but they've been showing me a lot more attention lately."

What stands out about the Rebels?

"It's home. I pretty much like everything about Ole Miss. They're on the rise. I like their facilities a lot too."

And State?

"I like their facilities a lot, their weight room programming, conditioning, and everything they do."

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for and he can be reached at

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