Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda provides five things to know about new Washington Redskins defensive lineman Stacy McGee, signed on March 10.
1. He’s joining the Redskins after four seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
Signed on March 10 as part of a busy day of free agent activity for the Redskins, McGee lands in Washington after playing his first four professional seasons with the Raiders.
The 6-foot-3, 310 pounder recorded 63 tackles along with three sacks and two fumbles forced in 51 regular season games during that span.
During the 2016 season, McGee had arguably his best year-long performance to date, recording 17 tackles along with 2.5 sacks.
McGee made his professional debut on Sept. 8, 2013, recording a tackle against the Indianapolis Colts.
“I’m excited to be here and happy for the opportunity," McGee said last week. "It went pretty well and couldn’t ask for a better deal.”
2. He was the second-highest rated recruit coming out of Oklahoma in 2008.
According to Rivals.com, McGee was the second-highest recruit in the state of Oklahoma during his senior season, as he was a four-star prospect who ranked top 100 nationally.
At Muskogee (Okla.) High School, McGee earned all-state selections from both the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman and was also named Defensive Player of the Year by the Muskogee Phoenix.
Overall, he totaled 160 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 21 passes defensed, 13 sacks and six interceptions during his time in high school.
McGee received six formal offers from top-tier college programs, ultimately choosing Oklahoma over Arkansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech.
3. McGee played with former Redskins defensive tackle Robert Thomas in middle and high school.
There’s stories written all the time about connections between NFL players dating back to their days in high school, but McGee and Thomas first shared a field in middle school.
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“We both played for Coach Schultz and Coach Hayes,” Thomas told Vype.com in 2015. “Coach Anthony McNac told me that if I really wanted to play football, I had to put my hand on the ground. I’m sure glad I followed his advice.”
The two remained paired up in high school, as McGee earned All-State selections on two separate occasions while dominating during a senior season in which he led the defensive unit – known as the “Legion of Doom” – with 98 tackles.
There was one particular play that still stands out to McGee, though, from that season.
“We played Union here at home and the stands were packed, even [Oklahoma] coach [Bob] Stoops was here,” McGee recalled. “I had a broken bone in my hand and was wearing a club-like cast and playing stand up linebacker. They ran a screen pass to my side and I hit the running back so hard the ball went flying. Everybody went crazy and I got to the sidelines and thought I could do this for the rest of my life.”
Thomas currently plays for the New York Giants.
4. He was college teammates with the Redskins’ other two Oklahoma products.
McGee spent five years at Oklahoma, redshirting the 2008 season before appearing in 34 games spanning across the 2009-12 seasons.
While in Norman, McGee spent time on the roster with both punter Tress Way and tackle Trent Williams.
Williams, of course, was a first-round pick for the Redskins after leaving Oklahoma following a 2009 season in which he earned first-team All-American honors.
Way, meanwhile, punted for the Sooners for four seasons (2009-12).
5. He enjoys sharing father-daughter time when he’s not on the field.
On Sept. 21, 2015, McGee shared a photo on Instagram of his “little princess” coming into the world.
She checked in at a little more than seven pounds and 20 inches long, stealing his heart in the process and making frequent appearances on his Instagram.