Keeping Score

USM gets verbal commitment from member of McNair family

The Southern Miss football program has received a verbal commitment from a member of the famous McNair family.

Hinds Community College receiver Marquez McNair revealed his commitment to USM on Friday.

The former Magee High School quarterback said a big reason he decided to go ahead and commit to USM was the staff's commitment to him throughout the recruiting process.

“I feel like the program is back on the rise,” McNair said. “I think they run a lot of things (on offense) where I could see myself fitting in.”

He is the son of Tim McNair, the older brother of Alcorn State and NFL legend Steve McNair.

Tim McNair played alongside Steve McNair at Alcorn State as a standout receiver.

“It's a blessing to be a part of that family,” Marquez McNair said. “The name is kind of tough. You always have to live up it.”

Even though he is committed to USM, Marquez McNair is willing to listen to other schools. TCU is still very much in the picture.

He holds offers from USM, TCU, East Carolina and Middle Tennessee. He is also getting interest from Tennessee and Kentucky.

“I feel like I'm still open,” Marquez Mcnair said. “I just wanted to go ahead and get that out of the way. I'll take a few visits, like TCU and Middle Tennessee.”

USM will have to rely on its proximity to the receiver's hometown of Magee and the good relationship it has built with the well-regarded prospect.

“The coaches, they've stayed loyal to me,” Marquez McNair said. “It feels like it's only right (to commit).”

McNair played slot receiver at Hinds this season, but he expects to move outside in the 2015 campaign. He projects to play in the slot at the FBS level.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound speedster caught 30 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns at Hinds last season.

McNair plans to sign in December and enroll for the spring semester.