When student-athletes opt to verbally commit to collegiate programs during the recruiting process, the criteria revolving around their decision sometimes goes well beyond the football field.
For Khalid McGee, a 5-foot-10.5, 190-pound three-star safety out of Miami (Fla.) Northwestern High School, his tight-knit bond with running backs coach Telly Lockette of South Florida was a significant factor in his decision to become a Bull late Tuesday night.
"Man, I prayed about it, talked about it with my family, and I feel like South Florida is where I need to be at," McGee said. "Coach Lockette, he's so down to earth and has known me since I've been 8-years-old.
"When he was at Miami (Fla.) Central, he wanted me to play there with him. I feel like I should go under his wing and play for him at South Florida."
McGee, who's boasted scholarship offers from the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, Wisconsin, Mississippi State and West Virginia as well, is a significant building block to Chuck Bresnahan's future secondary.
"The reaction (from the staff) was crazy," McGee said. "I've mostly spoke to every coach on the staff so far. They were shocked about the commitment. I'll be playing strong safety when I get there."
The Miami native, who'll reunite with cousin Darius Tice once he gets to Tampa Bay, is the ninth commitment in South Florida's 2015 recruiting haul.