"Bottom line, they want me to get the ball in my hands." – Billy McCrary
The Skinny on California commit Billy McCrary from Gabe Brooks, Midlands Analyst: McCrary measured 5-foot-11, 187 pounds at the Dallas Nike Football SPARQ Combine at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, last May. He's a solidly built player who could probably play inside receiver or defensive back at the next level. McCrary tested through the roof at that combine, recording a SPARQ score of 125.73, which was fourth of 1,731 athletes at the event. The guy who finished one spot ahead of him was North Little Rock (Ark.) High's K.J. Hill, a Scout four-star receiver and U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant. A few of the players McCrary tested better than that day were five-star 2015 running back Sotonye Jamabo, four-star 2016 linebacker McKinley Mitchell, four-star 2015 running back Jordan Stevenson, and 2016 four-star receiver Devin Duvernay. McCrary ran a laser-timed 4.48-second 40, which was sixth overall. He also ran an impressive 4.14-second pro agility and leapt 40.8 inches in the vertical, which was good for third of the more than 1,700 participants.
Another Take from Midlands Manager Greg Powers: I saw him in camp action, and he is a guy who has an exciting level of short burst explosion. He runs good routes and makes plays.
BT’s Take: McCrary came recommended to the Bears from none other than Spike Dykes – father of Cal’s head coach Sonny, and a coaching legend in his own right. His biggest weapon – like Bankhead and Noa – is his speed. As noted above, he’s an elite athlete. Just one tiny issue, from my perspective: He’s 5-foot-11. He’s well-muscled enough that he’s been able to play both ways with plenty of strength, and his 4.38 40 time certainly sticks out, and as a receiver, he’s very tough to bring down in space.
At first blush, he looks a lot like Bryce McGovern and Matt Rockett, but it’s the speed that separates him, and, frankly, makes him tough to really project. Making that task even more difficult is the fact that he played mostly quarterback this season, completing 55 of 125 passes for 799 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions, and toting the rock 163 times for 866 yards and five touchdowns.
Coaches told the former SMU commit that he’d be able to try both safety and receiver, but my bet is that he ends up as a slot guy.
Sonny's Take: “Billy is an impressive athlete who can do a lot of different things. He played primarily quarterback in high school but also played some receiver and defensive back and was a really productive football player. I’m not quite sure where he’s going to play at Cal yet but he potentially could play a lot of different positions for us. He has tremendous speed and strength, and is explosive. He’s also another great student-athlete that really fits at Cal.”
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