Alonzo McGee is an outstanding linebacker prospect from Georgia State University. After one season at Georgia Military College (with 48 tackles and 2 sacks over eleven games), McGee transferred to UAB. There, he played in twelve games, starting two. There, he recorded 42 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, a sack, a pass breakup, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. There, he started at both outside linebacker in 2015 and inside linebacker in 2016. In both seasons, he received an honorable mention for All-Sun Belt Conference. While at Georgia State, he recorded 167 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 4.5 sacks. Alonzo McGee is a phenomenal player who deserves to be on every team's radar, and on film, he stands out on every snap. We were fortunate enough to have a chance to interview Alonzo, and here it is. Questions in black, Alonzo's responses in blue:
Mr. McGee, you are an extremely talented player on the field, and showcase great instincts on film. What, in your opinion, makes you stand out as an NFL prospect?
I train hard and give 110% effort with everything that I do. I plan to continue to work hard and allow my play to do the talking. In addition to going hard every single play, my mental toughness and ability to overcome adversity also makes me a good prospect.
As a college player, you learned multiple defensive schemes after transferring from Georgia Military College to UAB, and then from UAB to Georgia State. You have performed at an extremely high level on all three teams. How do you balance learning a new system with continuing to develop as a player? How does that experience help prepare you for life in the NFL?
It just takes discipline and extra effort. I spend a lot of my free time studying our plays and watching additional film. These experiences speak to my ability to adjust to change while continuing to grow and thrive as a player.
What coach (or other individual) has had the greatest impact on you as a player so far? Why?
My linebacker coach PJ Volker had the greatest impact on me because not only did he help me become a better football player, but he also taught my life skills such as the importance of punctuality and being the best me every single day.
You have started at both outside and inside linebacker during your college career. Which position would you consider to be most natural to you?
I feel like I naturally adjusted well to both of them. I’m willing to play whichever position the team needs me at.
In 2015, you set the Georgia State season record for tackles for loss with 12.5. In your first game with the team, you tied the school record for tackles for loss with 4. You clearly have a strong understanding of offensive game plans, and are able to perform at a very high level even during your first game in a new defensive system. What are some things that you do during the week to help you prepare for game day? What role does film study play in your preparation on a weekly basis?
I watch film twice a day and that really helps me to prepare specifically for the offense that I’m getting ready to face. I make sure that I don’t take practice time for granted, I practice how I’m going to play so that on game day it comes naturally.
On the field, you are a phenomenal player. What are some things that make you stand out off the field? How does life off of the field contribute to the player you are on the field? What are some of your personal strengths?
I was always taught that respect gets you a long way in life so off the field, you will always catch me being respectful. I also love helping others, so in my spare time you can catch me volunteering and giving back to my community. Family is a very important value of mine. I consider my teammates an extension of my family so when we are on the field, there is nothing I won’t do for them.
What was your earliest experience with the game of football? How did you first develop a love for the game?
I first started playing football at age 6 at Dillion Park in Sumter, SC for the Bulldogs. My love for the game was developed based on my father sharing stories about his football career. The 1st time I set foot on a football field, I knew that I wanted to follow in his footsteps and play this game.
Who is your favorite player in the NFL? Are there any players, current or retired, who you specifically try to emulate on the field?
D.J. Swearinger is my favorite NFL player. On the field, I try to emulate Ray Lewis because he plays with so much passion.
What is your greatest strength as a prospect?
I read the offensive linemen well, pursue the ball, and make sound tackles. I’m an instinctive play and I’m going to go hard every single play.
If you could choose to accomplish one thing in your career, what would it be?
I would like be a part of a Superbowl team.
What points would you like to make to any scouts who might be reading this interview?
If you give me an opportunity, I guarantee you that I will be a valuable addition to your organization. I am willing to do whatever it takes to be the most dominant player at my position.
Thank you for taking the time to interview with us Alonzo. We look forward to watching your career unfold in the NFL, and best of luck through the draft process! --Mike Bertasso and Matt Koontz, Matt and Mike Sports.
We would like to thank Glen Wallace from Peterson Sports for facilitating this interview. Glen has asked us to add the following statement, that Glen Wallace, James Peterson and Dave Thompson and the entire Peterson Sports family are very proud of Alonzo.
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