Tanner McKee is unwavering in his dedication to serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As a four-star quarterback prospect in the Class of 2018, that devotion is grabbing the Corona, California native national attention. It warranted an in-depth profile from Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer, who explored McKee's decision to forgo his college football career for two years to serve the Lord.
"To me, it's about being dedicated to what you believe in," McKee told Kramer. "Other people are going to think I'm nuts for going out for two years, but I feel like this will help me in the long run. You don't have to just pick football or your faith. You can balance them and have both."
Last summer, McKee made the decision to not compete during the Sunday portion of the annual Elite 11 event, a premier competition for 24 of the best high school quarterbacks in the nation.
“I decided when I was 8 years old,” McKee told the Deseret News at that time. “I made a promise to God and myself I wouldn’t compete in sports on Sunday while I was in control and had the ability to do so. For me, that is while I’m in high school.”
McKee was recruited by former BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer, the Cougars' Heisman Trophy winner in 1990 who joined the LDS Church prior to his senior year at the school.
Detmer emphasized how hard the decision to leave for two years can be in an atmosphere of constant change in college football.
"It was hard to tell him that I'd be here two years from now," Detmer told Kramer. "Coaches really can't do that. For him, this is tough. Coaches change, guys leave and you come back and you might be playing for someone else."
According to Kramer, among the leaders for McKee's services include Stanford, defending champion Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M and Washington. National Signing Day is Feb. 7.
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