Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2006

McLouth’s McGhee joins THS seniors, signs with Garden City

February 15, 2006

Jason McGhee is ready to head west.

The McLouth High senior recently signed a national letter of intent to play football at Garden City Community College.

McGhee, a lineman who last fall helped McLouth to its first undefeated regular season in decades, picked Garden City from a field of junior colleges, including Fort Scott, Coffeyville and Highland.

"I was really impressed with the fact they hadn't had a losing season in 20 years," McGhee said.

As a senior, McGhee earned all-Class 3A honors from the Topeka Capital-Journal and the state coaches association. He also was on the all-area Lawrence Journal-World team. As a junior, he was named an all-3A honorable mention selection by the Wichita Eagle.

As for league honors, McGhee was named all-Delaware Valley League first-team as an offensive guard and as a nose tackle on defense. In 2004, he was second team as an offensive guard. And in 2003, he was an honorable mention selection as a defensive end.

MHS coach Harry Hester said he was impressed with how the Broncbusters convinced McGhee to come to Garden City.

"They did a great job of recruiting Jason," Hester said.

Garden City finished the 2005 campaign with a 7-4 record. The Broncbusters ended the season as the second-place team in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference behind Butler County.

GCCC finished the year with a 35-31 loss in the Dixie Rotary Bowl to Dixie State in St. George, Utah.

Hester hopes McGhee can play a key role for Garden City when practice begins in August.

"They're kind of thin on the offensive and defensive lines," Hester said. "They were needing some in-state players who could play right away."

McGhee will join Tonganoxie High seniors Jeff Frank and Aaron Adcox in Garden City. Frank and Adcox signed earlier this month to play for the Broncbusters.

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