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Signing Day Spotlight: MJ McGriff

The letter is in for Vero Beach (FL) Vero Beach HS WR MJ McGriff. Here's a closer look at the new Illinois signee.

Commitment Date: 1/30/2016

Twitter Handle: @McGr8ness

Why Illinois?

"Illinois appealed to me academically and the bright future that the team is moving toward. I feel like it's a great fit for me because the boys already on the team plus the boys in my class all want the same thing as me: wins. We're all hungry to take Illinios back to where it use to be. I'm looking forward to being #1 in the B1G West."


McGriff is a quick-twitch receiver who is able to shake his defender in space.  He's undersized and might struggle against defenders who are able to jam him at the line of scrimmage, but in space, he's a problem.  

McGriff is shifty and has a knack for making defenders miss.  His quickness is greater than his speed, so don't always expect him to run away from defenders, but he knows how to create space.  His elusiveness might make him a good candidate to contribute early in his career as a return specialist.


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