Former Ardmore Tiger Kevion McGee signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for Kansas State, Monday afternoon, from the Ardmore field house.
The current Ardmore Tiger football team was in attendance, and watched intently as the all-conference NEO Golden Norsemen corner inked his commitment to Kansas State to make his dream of playing in the Big 12 official.
“It feels great coming out here and letting them see the goals I achieved and that anybody can do it,” McGee said. “You put the hard work in and tell yourself everyday to play at the highest level you can play at.”
McGee overcame a sports hernia in 2015 and the culling of the herd, which whittles the team down from 150 to 60 players his freshman year at NEO to later prove he could play at the Division I level.
McGee said overcoming the injury and being redshirted his freshman year to sign with Kansas State was the result of a lot of hard work and prayer.
“I always knew that I could play at this level, I knew I could get to this point, it just took patience and prayer,” he said. “Hernia surgery coming in set me back, but it was long nights of prayer and belief. I just believed that if I kept working, nothing was going to set me back from doing what I wanted to do.”
McGee, who earned first team all conference honors as a shutdown corner for NEO, said he’s excited about the prospect of defending some of the best receivers in the nation.
“The Big 12 is where I always wanted to play because, you know, air raid,” McGee said. “They throw the ball and I love covering and being in man coverage and competing for the ball and just showing what I can do. I just know I can play with them guys.”
McGee had offers from Toledo and UAB, but ultimately decided playing under legendary coach Bill Snyder was his best opportunity.
Ardmore football coach Josh Newby said he wasn’t surprised to see a school like Kansas State take a chance on McGee.
“In my 20 years coaching, Kevion played the position as well as anybody we’ve had here play it,” Newby said.
Newby took the opportunity to turn McGee’s signing into a teaching moment for his current team.
He addressed the players, encouraging them that if they worked hard and made good choices like McGee, the possibilities are limitless.
“We knew he had the ability to do things, but when he got the opportunity to go to NEO, he made some incredible decisions and was determined and you can see the fruit of his labor today,” Newby said.