Summer Workouts Pay Off for Wide Receiver

Summers in Phoenix, Ariz. have people longing for working air conditioning, and those are the folks that were not lucky to leave town for cooler climates. However, Moon Valley's Chris McGaha is not seeking a reprieve from the desert heat, as he goes through two-a-days workouts. He told DevilsDigest that his training regimen has already paid dividends.

"All that I needed to work on this year was strength and speed, " said the 6-2 190 Chris McGaha. "That's what I've been doing this summer. I go Monday thru Friday. I start working out in the morning at school, and go to a gym at night. Saturday I go once a day…I'm not sick of the gym, I still like it (smile)."

Did the receiver's pain did result in a gain? "Most definitely," he exclaimed. "I went to speed camp, and I was clocked on grass at a 4.42. I bench press 370 now."

McGaha, who was first team all-state as a wide receiver and a kick returner, was offered by ASU in April of this year. "Coach Nordquist is recruiting me," he commented. "I get along with him and I like the coaching staff. I like that they're in the hometown, and I think they'll have a real good team this year." He added that he does plan to visit the Sun Devils officially this year, after participating in the school's summer camp and junior day. Arizona, Boise State, UNLV, San Diego State are other schools that have extended scholarship offers to the Moon Valley standout.

Current Sun Devil Andrew Pettes played with McGaha last year. Will the ASU tight end have an impact on the receiver's decision? "It will be a factor," he admitted. "I have a great relationship with him. When I see him he has good stuff to say about the school."

Staying close to home or venturing out of state is an issue that the wide receiver is still unsure of. "I have no idea right now," he said. "I want to take my visits and see if I want to go to school somewhere else or stay close to home. I do want to commit soon, but I really can't until I take my visits and see what's out there."

McGaha caught 37 balls for 750 yards and eight TD's in his junior year. In addition, he had 1,280 kickoff return yards. When asked which factors would sway him to pick one school over the other, he pragmatically answered: "Coaching staff. How the team is doing now, and how do I think they'll do in the future. Just basic stuff like that."

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