ASU in contention for McGrew

The nation's No. 10 ranked running back prospect, Bosco High's Sean McGrew, is giving serious consideration to Arizona State ahead of a planned college announcement later this month.

The No. 1 ranked running back prospect in the West, Sean McGrew, is one of three Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco teammates who will announce their college picks at the school on May. 20.

McGrew, like defensive backs D.J. Morgan and Traveon Beck, is seriously considering Arizona State as his landing spot.

In addition to ASU, the 5-foot-8, 175 pound McGrew, ranked No. 167 overall in the class, is considering Arizona, Cal, UCLA and Washington.

"Out of that top five I have a couple favorites that I think I fit in really well at and ASU is one of them," McGrew said. "Just visiting them (last month) and them showing me how I fit into the offensive scheme and how they use the position is just everything that I like to do and think fits my game and kind of what I want to do at the next level. It's kind of play slot and running back at the same time, that would be really cool.

"I didn't really know anyone on the team when I visited but they all were coming up to me and introducing me to other guys and that was really cool too. That hasn't happened at other schools I've been to."

UCLA and Washington are also strong contenders for McGrew, who had 1,814 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns last year on 224 carries and 19 catches for 312 yards and four more scores.

"I talk to (ASU offensive coordinator) coach (Mike) Norvell a lot and (running backs) coach Bo Graham was at Bosco to see me practice [Tuesday]," McGrew said. "I would say I talk the most with (wide receivers) coach (Del) Alexander though. We talk on a near daily basis just him asking me how I'm doing and stuff, how track and all of that is going.

"I definitely like the coaching staff a lot. My offensive coordinator is good friends with coach Alexander and coach Norvell. He goes to ASU and learns more things and comes back and incorporates that in our offense at Bosco. That's another reason it would be a good fit for me because the stuff we run at Bosco is pretty much half the stuff they run in the ASU offense."

The four-star McGrew got a lot of attention as a prospect after his sophomore season, with seven scholarship offers coming in quick succession, he said, and then ASU and Arizona coming after his junior year at Bosco, one of the nation's top programs.

"Right now I'm just sitting down and doing research with the schools I'm most interested in and getting a better feel for them so I can make my decision," McGrew said. "We (Morgan and Beck) have talked about it. I think Tra said he'd go where I go but I have to commit first. He was pushing the most for us all going to ASU I would say, which is funny because I think he's least sure about what he's going to do, or at least he had been."

McGrew has been compared a lot to San Diego Charger Danny Woodhead, another undersized multi-functional back, but said he's not one to have a favorite player

"I'm an all-purpose back who can do everything," McGrew said. "I can line up in the slot, I can line up in the backfield, I can catch passes out of the backfield or slot. I'm a speed back that once I get in space no one is going to catch me.

"I don't really pattern my game after anybody. I watch highlight tapes and try to learn new moves and stuff like that but don't mirror my game off anyone."

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