Randolph-Clay – Cuthbert, Ga.
No. 204 overall player in the country
No. 15 LB in the country
No. 18 overall player in Georgia
Gary McCrae’s dream came true on his drive back home from Athens.
“I’ve committed to the G,” McCrae told his family after calling Mark Richt and committed to the Bulldogs on June 11 after a football camp.
McCrae played both offense and defense for coaches that day in Athens. When he committed everyone involved decided that the Cuthbert native could wind up playing on either side of the ball. But over time it seemed pretty clear that Georgia would use McCrae as an outside linebacker - one who will rush the quarterback.
“I prefer outside linebacker or defensive end, but it doesn't matter. I will do whatever they ask,” McCrae said at that time.
Perhaps one of the big draws to Athens was one of McCrae’s favorite childhood college football players.
"One of my favorite football players is Thomas Davis, and he played at Georgia," said McCrae. “He is a guy I look up and he has the mindset to not stop. I look up to him. He was very successful at Georgia and I want to be successful on the next level too. I look at him and he inspires me to do what I have to do to get to the next level."
HONORS: Scout.com four-star prospect, No. 204 ranked player nationally, No. 15 ranked OLB in the country, No. 4 in the South… Dawg Post No. 18 ranked player in Georgia… 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Class A honorable mention… 2014 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class A honorable mention
SCOUTING: McCrae is a freakish athlete out of a small town in South Georgia. He does a little of everything on the high school level and he may be a more dominant basketball player than football player - that is the type of athlete he is. As an outside linebacker, he is excellent off the edge. He pursues the ball, he is known for ripping the ball out of running back's hands, and he chases the ball all over the field. He plays with great speed - Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: McCrae is totally raw. Is it possible Georgia got an undercover football freak in McCrae?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: Long and with a quick burst, McCrae is raw with significant upside. I was confused that McCrae played a limited amount on offense, particularly at a high school the size of Randolph-Clay. Still, in the game I saw, McCrae he made the game-winning play, which is about all you can ask for. With the game tied and time running out, McCrae forced a fumble that was returned 68 yards for a touchdown.