Brookwood linebacker Shaun McGee's father, Damon McGee, was a United States Marine.
He served in the Persian Gulf War, and his son, one of the top linebackers in the state of Georgia, has always known that the Marine's have held a special play in the elder McGee's heart.
So when Shaun was offered the chance to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which is sponsored by U.S. Marines, it didn't take him long to accept.
"I found out through my coach who let me know I was accepted for the game," said McGee. "It took me around a week after that to accept. I talked to my mom about it, and I talked to my dad, who is a Marine, about it, and jumped at the opportunity."
According to the Brookwood standout, his father's excitement level was about what he expected it to be.
"He was excited. He was very excited," he said. "He takes the Marines very seriously. He actually fought in the Gulf War and he has always told me stories about it, so he was just really pumped about it really.
The chance to play in a prep all-star game is not something most high school players get a chance to do, and McGee is excited about the opportunity to showcase his abilities and get better at the same time.
"I think it is going to be a great experience," said McGee. "I think I'll have a chance to go out there and play against some of the best players out there and guys who are very good at their craft. I'm excited to go out there and I think it is going to be a lot of fun."
McGee, who emerged this summer in the camp circuit as a top recruit, believes that his senior season to date is the biggest reason he was selected to play in the relatively new high school all-star game.
"I've had a great season so far and I feel like I have exceeded a lot of my own expectations," he said. "I have an ankle injury right now and I'm trying to rehab that and get it back to 100 percent, but before that I was averaging around 10 tackles per game and playing well."
Many have become familiar with the three-star linebackers story since the summer when he earned offers from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia after camping at each school, and McGee chose to commit to the last school he earned an offer from, UGA, late in the summer.
Like a millions of others in the country, McGee watched the Bulldogs get out to a fast start in 2012, but he also saw Georgia suffer a decisive defeat at South Carolina a little over a week ago.
McGee, however, believes that the loss to the Gamecocks is just a blip on the radar and the Bulldogs still have plenty to play for this season.
"I'm not saying this because I'm committed to Georgia, but I still believe we are one of the top programs in college football," said McGee. "We slipped up and lost a game just like the team that beat us slipped up and lost a game this weekend. The coaches have already turned their focus to Kentucky, so we are going to go up there, get that win, and get back on the path we need to be on. We are going to be fine for the rest of the season. I see us winning out and playing in the SEC championship. I'm looking forward to us playing Alabama in the SEC championship. I'm not worried at all, and I know the coaches aren't worried at all. That is just one game."
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