Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Wiregrass Ranch RB Da Da McGee transfers to Hillsborough

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."

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