When it comes time to pick a college, Orlando First Academy sophomore Fletcher Magee will be faced with more than just selecting a school.
The talented basketball and football star for the Royals will likely have to choose which sport he will pursue at the next level, assuming he does not try to play both.
If the decision were to be made right now, it would likely be somewhat simple for the 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard/quarterback. Last week Magee received his first two college offers and both were for basketball from UCF and Kansas State.
Basketball might not be the only sport for which he is offered down the road. Depending on how things go on the football field, where he has begun taking his first snaps as TFA’s quarterback this spring, the decision could become more difficult.
For now, however, the Class of 2015 standout is just happy to be getting some college attention.
“I feel really good. It just shows that all the hard work has started to pay off,” Magee said Monday night. “I’ve been working for it ever since I was a little kid and I’m beginning to realize things are just now starting to happen.”
His coach told him about the Kansas State offer, and he actually had a phone conversation with UCF head coach Donnie Jones about the Knights’ offer.
“It was good. We just talked about my family and basketball and how I would fit into the program and stuff like that,” Magee said of his conversation with Jones.
Magee averaged 14 points a game at TFA as a sophomore and also shot 86 percent from the free-throw line. He also plays in the AAU circuit for Each One Teach One Elite
“I shoot 200-300 free throws a day and I’m always working on my shooting form,” Magee said. “I do my free-throw routine and then I move on to other shots.”
As for football, Magee will be stepping into the vacancy left at quarterback by graduating senior Curt Cramer. The Royals were one win away from playing at Orlando’s Florida Citrus Bowl for the Class 3A state crown last season, but they were upended in the semifinals by Madison County and finished 12-1.
“It’s going really good,” Magee said of football. “We started spring practice on Wednesday and we’ve been working on a lot of our Wing-T stuff from last year and we’ve also put in a little bit of the spread and spread-option reads so I can run the ball.
“We have a really good offensive line this year, so hopefully we can get the option going with the Wing-T and then put a little throwing into it and our offense should definitely be hard to stop.”
It’s early for him now, but he’ll eventually meet with the fork in his career path that will likely force him to choose between the two sports.
“I’d have to think it will be pretty tough, but it depends on how things go,” he said. “It will depend on what offers I get and that will probably determine what I play in college. If I were to choose right now, I’d say it would be basketball.”
He’s grown up as more of a basketball fan, but this whole football thing, he admits, is starting to grow on him.
“I would say right now I do like basketball more, but over the past year when I started to play quarterback and gotten into the schemes and trying to read the defenses, I’ve really enjoyed it,” Magee said. “But right now, I’d definitely say basketball is my passion.”
His other passion growing up has been the Florida Gators, which he picked up an affinity for because of his father, Jerry Magee’s rooting interest. Magee, who is a product of Winter Park High, played football for two seasons at Vanderbilt before deciding to transfer to Florida and concentrate solely on academics.
“Florida has always been my school and that's because of my dad going there,” Magee said. “Growing up I’ve always rooted for Gator football and Gator basketball.”
He did say, however, that the UCF offer is intriguing.
“I was really excited because I know Coach Jones runs a good program there,” he said. “It’s also close by and I have a lot of family here so if I went there they could all come and see me play and that’s a big deal to me. So it means a lot because I really like Orlando.”
But K-State and UCF won’t be the only schools to come knocking.
“Hopefully I’ll get some more offers,” Magee said. “I just have to keep working hard and if I do get more offers then I’ll start narrowing down my schools to see which one fits me best.”
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