Somewhat lost in the tumult of the tragic Steve McNair story is the fact that he has four sons; the oldest of which, Steve McNair, Jr., who is just starting to make a name for himself in high school football. McNair Jr., though, isn’t a quarterback; he’s a wide receiver who just finished his junior year at Oak Grove High in Hattiesburg, Miss., and already has received scholarship offers from four Div. I-A teams.
West Virginia, Tulsa, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi have all offered scholarships, according to SCOUT.COM, and there are other major programs that seem to be interested. As a junior this past season, McNair, Jr. caught 58 passes for 962 yards and a 16.6 yards per catch average, with eight touchdowns. Oh, and playing in Hattiesburg, one cannot help but be connected somehow to Brett Favre.
McNair, Jr. is listed as 6-foot-1, 195 pounds.
SCOUT.COM reports that, in addition to the four schools mentioned, McNair has also received offers from Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss and Alcorn State — his father’s alma mater. Both Alabama and Florida State have expressed an interest, but are not believed to have given an offer.
In May, McNair, Jr. told SCOUT.COM that he wasn’t concerned about making a choice until after his senior season.
“FSU came by our practice last week. I talked to their QB coach, and he said they were close to offering me. They want us (teammates Robert Johnson, Vince Taylor, Jay Hughes) to come over there for their camp. We are thinking about it.”
“Alabama also came to one of our practices. They just want to get me up there and see the facilities and meet all of the coaches. I have never been up there before, but I might take a visit over there this summer if I have time.”
Throwing to McNair, Jr. and his teammates occasionally this spring has been a certain Minnesota Vikings quarterback.
“Yeah, Brett Favre has been throwing to us this spring (laugh). You have all of the media out here wanting to know what is going on, but we do not worry about that stuff. We are used to it. He has been here the last two springs I have been here throwing passes to us. It is good for us. He helps us focus on the ball more because he throws it harder than a high school QB. That helps us out a lot.”
And how is Favre’s arm?
“It is as strong as ever,” McNair, Jr. said. “He is making all of the passes. Brett is just Brett.”
Two memorials for Steve McNair will be held on Thursday, one at a funeral home in Nashville, and the other at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.