The Centennial Huskies finished 2016 with a tough 49-47 loss to St.John Bosco High School / Bellflower, California in the semifinals of the 2016 CIF Southern Section Division I California state playoffs. St. John Bosco went on to win the state championship beating Mater Dei Catholic 42-28.
Tanner McKee had an outstanding year under center for the Huskies as he recorded: 203 completions out of 280 attempts (72 percent), 3,522 yards, 36 touchdowns, eight interceptions, 142.3 quarterback rating; 63 carries, 539 yards (8.6 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns.
He has received two offers from Louisville and Boise State so far in December and now has eight total offers. He is ranked the 1oth best quarterback nationally among qbhitlist.com’s top 150 quarterbacks in the 2018 class and the fifth best in California.
Grateful to receive an offer from Louisville! Thanks coach Fouch. Go Cardinals! ?⚪️ pic.twitter.com/6jVBqKdaIu
— Tanner McKee (@McKeeTmckee) December 10, 2016
Grateful to receive an offer from Boise State! Go broncos! Thanks coach Hill pic.twitter.com/BGIEWp2c7l
— Tanner McKee (@McKeeTmckee) December 8, 2016
Tanner McKee is now the starting quarterback for the Corona Centennial High School Huskies/Corona, California and has all the tools to take the team to where it wants to be.
McKee grew up in Corona, California, his dad played high school football there and Tanner likes the fact that there is great competition in Corona.
“I just always loved playing the sport. I haven’t really gotten caught up too much in recruiting and offers until probably a year ago when it was more realistic for me. More schools started contacting me and it was really cool to see my dream unfold at the start,” McKee said about when he realized a future in football was in sight.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Tanner McKee is a four star 2018 recruit, the ninth best pro-style quarterback and 28th best player in California. In 2015, he recorded 50 completions on 73 pass attempts (68 percent), 709 passing yards and nine touchdowns as the Huskies went 14-1 (5-0 League).
He has 1,057 yards and nine touchdowns after only three games in 2016 and six scholarship offers from these Division I programs: Hawaii, Colorado, BYU, Utah, Nevada and Oregon State.
“Accuracy is his best attribute and the single most important attribute for a quarterback. As mentioned he is intelligent and he is athletic which sometimes gets lost, these with game experience coming he will be ready for the next level,” Centennial head football coach Wade Logan said.
Logan also said that McKee’s growth as a quarterback has been tremendous, his intelligence speeds it up and he’s still growing physically by being an inch taller and 25 pounds heavier than last year.
Tanner McKee looks at each game as a Huskies practice because Coach Logan prepares the team very well for every situation possible.
“Everything is like practice. Coach Logan prepares us for each game and each situation that comes up in the game. Once the situation comes up in the game, whether it’s a two minute drill or trying to waste clock, we run it so many times in practice that he really helps us get prepared for the game so it’s almost like practice.”
McKee also learned a great deal from former Centennial quarterback Anthony Catalano who is now a freshman at Southern Utah.
“We became good friends and good teammates as we [were] both at Corona Centennial and he gave me good tips before the game and tells me what tendencies the other team had, what was the call and we watched film. I have a really good relationship with him and it [was] good to have another teammate to help me out.”
If you ask Tanner McKee what the best part of his game is, he’ll tell it’s his accuracy on throws but he wants to be a well-rounded quarterback.
“I’m not just going to try and focus on one thing and say I can only throw but not run or run but not throw. I’m just going to try to be well-rounded,” he said.
Where he needs to improve, he said, is on making better reads and being smarter with the football.
“I’m going to try to bring leadership to the team. Be a leader in a leadership role being a quarterback, be a good guy, be a good team teammate to the players so that we can be a family,” said about what he can bring to college football program.
Tanner McKee believes there is no place like Corona Centennial High School. He wants to be remembered as a good player, a well-respected individual and someone who respected other people.
His coach wants to be able to say that McKee led the Huskies in winning two state championships, no pressure of course.