Scout's take: USM WR commit

Mississippi Scout
Posted Nov 5, 2009


The 6' 0", 190 pound Oak Grove standout decided yesterday to end his recruitment when he announced for his home city school, Southern Mississippi. What exactly are the Eagles getting? To lean more, read below.



What to Like: Steve McNair Jr is one of the more physical receivers in the State of Mississippi. He is what you term a "clutch" receiver, as the Warriors look his way often when the chips are down and they need a big play. Steve has had a very difficult year as his father, Steve McNair, was murdered before the start of his senior season. But that has not stopped Steve from making big play after big play for Oak Grove's offense this season as he caught the winning pass for a TD in the third game of the year on 3rd and 17 with 9 seconds left to play. McNair has hauled in 39 passes for 372 yards for the season. He also lines up at tailback and quarterback often and has rushed for another 200 plus yards. USM can expect a very physical receiver who possesses great hands.


What may concern you: The biggest concern from the college recruiters is his lack of wiggle and quickness. He is 6' 0", 190 and built very sturdy but he lacks that extra gear. Will Steve line up in the slot or wide out on the next level? These are all questions that the Southern Miss head coach will have to answer next year. Regardless, Steve is a winner and will have ample time to work on his speed once he arrives on the D1 level.


Bottom Line: McNair had some BCS offers and Southern Miss did an excellent job of getting his commitment before he took other visits. Alabama was in talks with him, and he was also offered by Nebraska, Minnesota, Tulsa, MSU, and he actually took in an official visit to West Virginia earlier in the fall.



Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Manager for the State of Mississippi and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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