Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Wiregrass Ranch RB Da Da McGee transfers to Hillsborough

Da Da McGee rushed for 1,063 yards and 11 touchdowns last year at Wiregrass Ranch. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)

Da Da McGee rushed for 1,063 yards and 11 touchdowns last year at Wiregrass Ranch. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)

Da Da McGee, a 1,000-yard rusher for Wiregrass Ranch last season, has transferred to Hillsborough.

"It's always hard to leave a school where you had friends and good teammates that were there for you," McGee said. "It was basically the skills that was over there. I'm not saying Wiregrass didn't have any skills, but it was a choice that I made to make me a better player than before."

McGee's departure continues the exodus of Bulls this summer. Wiregrass Ranch had already lost athlete Raymond Woodie III, who moved to Oregon, and defensive back Shamaur McDowell, a Minnesota commit who transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Ranked 34th in the Tampa Bay Times' HomeTeam 100, McGee stayed healthy last season and had a breakout year, rushing for 1,063 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was supposed to be depended on even more with the loss of Woodie, a versatile playmaker on offense.

"All I can say about him leaving is next man up," Wiregrass Ranch coach Mark Kantor said, referring to McGee.

Kantor said McGee did not practice with the Bulls when fall camp opened last week.

The Bulls' top returning player is defensive back Jordan Miner, a Penn State commit who was ranked 12th in the Tampa Bay Times' HomeTeam 100.

"It's not us. I can tell you that," Kantor said about the players leaving. "We'll be just fine. Our coaches do a fantastic job preparing our guys every week to play our opponents."

Wiregrass Ranch RB Da Da McGee transfers to Hillsborough 08/07/17 [Last modified: Monday, August 7, 2017 11:53am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay Downs full of high-paying races this season

    Parimutuels

    OLDSMAR — Tampa Bay Downs is green like never before.

  2. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  3. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.
  4. Quarterback Jameis Winston will start Sunday for the Bucs

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Jameis Winston hadn't thrown in practice since he injured his right shoulder in Sunday's loss at Arizona, and with that uncertainty, a wide line of TV cameras and reporters' cellphones were all out Friday morning, recording the moment as Winston tested his shoulder with his first throws early in …

    Despite a sore shoulder, Jameis Winston will be making his 38th consecutive start since being drafted first overall in 2015.
  5. Bucs journal: LB Kwon Alexander ready to return from injury

    Bucs

    TAMPA — LB Kwon Alexander, sidelined by a hamstring injury since the second quarter of the Bucs' season opener against Chicago, will finally make a healthy return Sunday against the Bills.

    Linebacker Kwon Alexander needs “to get my stats back up” after being out since the opener.