Texas coach Tom Herman speaks during a press conference as he updates the local media about his coaching staff on Thursday, Jan 5, 2017. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Hello, Tanner McKee? Texas, Tom Herman appear to be seeking a third quarterback

Posted April 29th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Texas is hosting McKee, a 2018 quarterback, despite holding commitments from two other four-star prospects.
  • McKee, who's from California, is a higher-rated prospect than UT pledges Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising.
  • Whoever signs McKee will have to wait two years to see him play; he will serve a two-year mission after high school.

Tom Herman is still hunting quarterbacks. Despite the recent commitments from four-star prospects Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising, the Longhorns expect to host Tanner McKee, a four-star prospect from California, the first weekend of May.

The visit was first reported by InsideTexas. McKee, from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, holds a UT offer. He’s the No. 74 overall ranked prospect in the country and the fifth-ranked pro-style quarterback in 2018.

McKee is scheduled to graduate in 2018, but won’t play college football for two years; he’s a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The Corona Centennial (Calif.) native holds an offer from the Longhorns. He’s ranked the No. 74 overall prospect in the country and the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in his class. McKee is set to graduate in 2018, but he won’t play college football for two years. McKee is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so he will serve a two-year mission.

“So I will be more of a 2020 prospect,” McKee said. “As far as (Texas already having two 2018 quarterback commitments), it doesn’t really impact me much. I’ll have to compete anywhere I go and we compete every day at Centennial. I’ve done it my whole life.”

Texas offered McKee on March 9, one of 20 programs that have extended an offer to the 6-6, 220-pound quarterback who competed at The Opening regional in Houston because it was the only regional on a Saturday instead of a Sunday. McKee doesn’t participate in sports on Sunday.

McKee played sparingly as a sophomore, completing 73 percent of his passes for 709 yards and nine touchdowns. He became Centennial’s full-time starter as a junior and threw for 3,522 yards and 36 touchdowns, completing 72.5 percent of his passes. McKee is ranked ahead of Thompson and Rising, per 247Sports’ composite ratings.

“I’m looking at a lot of schools right now,” McKee said. “I’m going on visits to see how I feel while on campus and how I relate to the coaches. I’m looking for a school that emphasizes academics and coaches I relate well to. It would be great if the coaches were guys who could prepare me for the next level if that ever became a possibility.”

Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck is leading McKee’s recruitment.

“Texas is a great program,” McKee said. “I talk to coach Beck a lot and have talked with coach Herman several times, as well. Coach Herman did big things at Houston and I’m sure he will do the same at Texas.”

Texas’ 2018 class stands at six members, including Thompson and Rising. The Longhorns also hold commitments from wide receiver Justin Watkins, offensive tackle Reese Moore, outside linebacker Byron Hobbs and defensive end Ron Tatum.

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