With colleges in hot pursuit, future looking good for Dover junior QB Magee

DOVER — Jordan Magee didn’t see the question coming.

The Dover High quarterback knew Temple was interested in him.

But until Owls’ head coach Geoff Collins pulled the youngster aside at the end of a camp session, Magee didn’t know just how interested Temple was in him.

“Coach Collins took me in his office and told me, ‘How would you feel getting offered by a Top 25 school?’” Magee recalled. “I said, ‘I’d feel great.’ I was shocked.”

Getting his first NCAA Division I-A scholarship offer was a pretty big moment for Magee. But he and his coach, Rudy Simonetti, hope it’s just the first of many.

Dover’s Jordan Magee passes against Woodbridge last year. (Delaware State News file photo)

Magee, after all, is only 16 years old. He’ll be just a junior when the Senators open the season on Sept. 7 by hosting Archmere in one of the DFRC Kickoff Classics.

But Magee also now stands 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and owns a 4.0 grade-point-average. Right now, there’s no telling how far all that potential could take him.

Simonetti said there’s a lot to like about the young quarterback.

“I see him as a leader — the face of the program basically,” said Dover’s second-year coach. “Everything that we want representing our team, our school, our community, that’s Jordan. A hard worker is what I see. He’s really busted his tail this off-season.”

On Wednesday, Magee and many of his teammates took part in a camp run by Wesley College. Besides Temple, Magee has also been to camps at Penn State and Maryland.

Today, Magee and the Senators will be playing in New Castle County’s 7-on-7 League, which includes most of the top teams in the state.

Magee, who’s being recruited by Temple as an athlete, knows he’s got a lot of room to grow as a passer. But Simonetti said he’s getting there.

“He’s matured,” said Simonetti. “We’ve worked him to death in the 7-on-7 league. His passing is light years (better) from last year.

“I always say, the regular season is a by-product of the off-season. So the amount of work you put in in the weight room and on the field with 7-on-7, is going to show in the season.”

In his first season as a starter last fall, Magee was good enough to earn second-team all-Henlopen Northern Division honors. Still, when he studies the film, his mistakes jump out at Magee.

Like in Dover’s 28-21 loss at Baltimore Poly in the second game of the season, Magee remembers the open receiver he didn’t see on a crucial late-game play.

“If I hit that, it would have been the game,” he said.

“Last season, I didn’t have any confidence,” Magee added. “Well, I had confidence, but I was new to the position. I couldn’t really make the throws — like how I can now.”

Of course, at 16, a lot of things are still new to Magee. Dealing with some higher expectations will be the next thing he has to adjust to.

Still, while Simonetti loves Magee’s potential, he doesn’t want the youngster feeling like he has to do everything.

“Just play ball, Jordan, that’s it,” Simonetti said he tells the young QB. “Don’t feel like you have to carry us or anything like that. Just go out and play ball. You’ve got 10 other guys on the field with you. We play as a team.

“He’s the same kid, personality-wise, that I met last year. He’s very humble, down to earth, level headed. He doesn’t let the moment get too big.”

But, while Magee is trying to take things in stride, he knows getting an early scholarship offer raises his stock as a recruit.

“It opens up a lot of doors for me,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to more to come.”

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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