Showing posts with label JJ McGrath. Show all posts
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BREAKING: JJ McGrath commits to Michigan

Thursday, January 17, 2013

JJ McGrath informed me when I spoke to him after his visit that he had committed to Michigan last Saturday. Out of respect to him, this was not made public until he could make the announcement personally. Now that he has officially committed, I spoke with the newest member of the Michigan football team who is expected to take a preferred walk-on role.

JH: With your commitment to Michigan, what do you bring to the team?

McGrath: Well, the obvious answer is that I kick the ball far (laughs). I also bring confidence and leadership to the team. I couldn't care less if I'm only a kicker, I work extremely hard. It's my job to be consistent and that is my goal.

JH: I know you had some interest in MSU. How did that feel when they offered a scholarship to someone else and stopped recruiting you? Also, do you feel some sort of revenge or payback will be coming to them when you decided to commit to Michigan?

McGrath: I didn't make that decision based on vengeance because that simply is not the right thing to do. I've grown up a lot in the past 2-3 months and that has really allowed me to make smart decisions on my own. I was extremely upset with MSU, and it caused me to have a burning passion to beat them, but I didn't make the decision on "revenge". However, it will make kicking their tail just that much sweeter.

JH: There's been some big names who've had big moments in the past for Michigan. What is it going to take to include yourself into that elite group of Michigan kickers?

McGrath: Continuing what I've been doing from day one. Working my tail off and keeping it basic. I love pressure, I thrive in it. I think that will be my best attribute.

JH: A lot of people will be wondering, did the 2013 recruiting class Hoke has put together have any influence on your decision?

McGrath: He has put together a POWERHOUSE. That isn't the reason I chose Michigan but I definitely noticed that and it was a cool thing to add onto my other reasons.

JH: What are your reasons for committing?

McGrath: Simply because it's Michigan. The opportunities offered were just too much to turn down. The alumni, the level of ball, exposure, the team, coaches, the opportunity to play in the BIGGEST stadium in all of football and the benefits of having a Michigan degree. I couldn't pass that up. Another thing that struck me during my visit was that the tradition is real. While I am a kid now and I can't quite comprehend the Michigan tradition, I know that when I grow up I will look back and truly be able to appreciate this tradition and how awe inspiring it is not only for the state of Michigan, but for the NCAA as well. This school and this coaching staff represent the decades before them and to me, that's amazing.

JH: What do the coaches have planned for you as far as your place on the depth chart goes?

McGrath: The way I think it's going to work is that I redshirt my first year. After Gibbons graduates, I hope to win the job and start my redshirt freshman year.

JH: Last question, will you start to think about brunette girls before taking your kicks?

McGrath: I am actually into blondes a little more, but brunettes work (laughs). Really though, in all seriousness, I don't think about anything. My mind has completely blank thoughts before any kick.

McGrath will fit right into the trend of Hoke getting high character kids to commit to him and the University of Michigan. With the kicker position at an eventual premium, McGrath's talents and skill set will be needed in the near future.

Visit Reaction: JJ McGrath

Friday, January 11, 2013

JJ McGrath (Lutheran North HS, MI), a 2013 kicker target for the Wolverines has just completed a visit with head coach Brady Hoke and special teams coordinator Dan Ferrigno.

McGrath took some time with to discuss his visit and where the Wolverines currently stand in his recruitment process.

JH: The obvious first question is how did the visit go today?

McGrath: The visit went really well. I managed to meet with with all of the coaches I haven't been able to meet yet. I also met Fitz (Fitzgerald Toussaint), Cam Gordon and Countess. During my visit I saw the field, academic advisory for my potential major, the dormitories and the football facilities. I loved it all with one exception, they don't have a cold tub (laughs).

JH: I know the coaches offered you a preferred walk-on spot on the roster. Is there legitimate interest in offering you a scholarship?

McGrath: I spoke to Ferrigno and Hoke and they want me to earn it IF (emphatic if) I am going to be apart of the team. It won't be long after I come in that I will earn it, though. Once Gibbons' eligibility expires, I hope to receive a full scholarship.

JH: Now that you've finished your visit, where does Michigan currently stand and when will you be announcing your choice?

McGrath: I'd say Michigan is definitely top three, including LSU and Southern Miss. I will be announcing my college choice this Friday.

It appears to me that McGrath had a positive visit. Anytime you can snag a talented kicker, especially one in state, you don't hesitate to do so. With the 2013 recruiting year coming to an end in mere weeks, we shall see what McGrath likes to do. To me, it appears Michigan is in a good spot. But only time will tell.

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