UTEP knocked out two birds with one stone with their latest 2017 commit.
They kept a local kid in the area, and filled a much needed spot at fullback with the commitment of Las Cruces Onate prospect Forest McKee.
McKee visited UTEP over the weekend, and pretty much committed on the spot. A productive linebacker, and the top rated linebacker in New Mexico, McKee actually told Rivals.com UTEP is going to move him to fullback.
New Mexico, UNLV, and New Mexico State had all been involved during his recruiting process. McKee has put up some impressive combine measurables at various camps, and has been clocked in the high 4.6’s in the 40-yard dash.
This past season he was a first team all-state selection posting 167 tackles, 4.0 sacks, and 2 INT’s as a linebacker at Onate High School. He also ran for 864 yards, and nine touchdowns in a triple-option attack during his high school career.
NMPreps named him their linebacker of the year this past season, and he is also a two-time all-state selection at linebacker.
With four-year starter Darrin Laufasa graduating, McKee has a solid shot at starting as a freshman due to his physical skills that appear FBS-ready at 6’1, 230 pounds, and still growing.