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Alexander: McKee chooses Stanford, but first he has a mission

By in Press Enterprise on February 7, 2018

By Jim Alexander

CORONA — There was some drama in Tanner McKee’s decision. It’s just going to take a while for the denouement.

McKee, the four-star quarterback recruit who passed for 6,385 yards and 68 touchdowns (and ran for 1,288 and 26 TDs) at Corona Centennial over the last three seasons, will be going to Stanford. He announced it on ESPNU Wednesday morning as part of that network’s National Signing Day coverage.

The catch, of course, is that McKee won’t actually show up in a Cardinal uniform until the fall of 2020. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he will spend the next two years on an LDS mission, sent to a spot on the globe that he will be assigned some time in the next few months.

He will spend those two years talking about his faith and serving others in the community in which he has been placed. If he’s really fortunate, he may get to casually toss a football around once a week.

It is his choice. Young Mormons are not required to go on a mission, but it is strongly encouraged. And there is precedent in his family. His father, Jeremie, went on a mission to New Zealand. So did two uncles, one to Taiwan and the other to Mexico City. He said his sister is currently in the final months of a mission in Washington, D.C., serving in a Spanish language area of the District.

Why go? And why now?

The answer to the first question, to McKee, is easy.

“I feel like I’ve been really blessed from the Heavenly Father,” McKee said. “So it helps me kind of give back and say, ‘Hey, this is what I’m grateful for.’ This kind of is a way for me to express my thanks, just kind of serving Him in that […]    

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