J.J. McGrath talks about his school: Michigan

Macomb Lutheran North (Mich.) kicker J.J. McGrath announced his commitment to the University of Michigan football team today as a preferred walk-on. GBW caught up with the future Wolverine as he talked about his decision, whether he plans to redshirt, what he's looking for on his next visit, and more.

Macomb Lutheran North (Mich.) kicker J.J. McGrath has committed to the University of Michigan football team as a preferred walk-on.

McGrath committed to the Wolverines last Saturday during his official visit. And after a week to soak in his decision and looking over other possible schools, he said he was ready to announce his college decision.

"I think this whole week, I think I watched 50 Bo Schembechler and coach (Brady) Hoke videos," McGrath said on his decision. "And each time it kept repetitively telling me that this was the right thing to do. I am definitely sure this is the right thing for me."

McGrath chose the Wolverines over LSU and Southern Miss.

"Pretty much It's too much of an opportunity to pass down," McGrath said, who made 8-of-11 field goal attempts--with a long of 57-yards--and made 26-of-27 PAT's last season. "It wouldn't be difficult to walk-on anywhere, but it was too much of an opportunity to let go. With the alumni association, even with the intangibles, forget about the football at the moment. But when I (graduate) the alumni association will always be there. Getting a job will be extremely easy cause I got a Michigan degree. Overall, it's a great opportunity that I had to take advantage of."

McGrath will be a non-scholarship player to start out his Michigan career. He said he will have an opportunity to earn a scholarship with the graduation of redshirt junior kicker Brandon Gibbons next season.

At 6-foot-3, 228-pounds, McGrath says his role with the Wolverines' will be similar approach to sophomore kicker Matt Wile. He said he will be mostly used as a kickoff specialist and place kicker. He did note that he can punt if needed. He says one of his stipulations on his commitment was he wanted to redshirt his freshman year on campus.

"That was my No. 1 priority," McGrath said. "Redshirting to me is a great opportunity to get used to the level of football (in college.) Not only does it allow me to come in and practice for a year but also allows me to come in and dress up for home games and go to home games, and get used to 120,000 people. To me—that's huge. I just think you can walk in and play in front of that many people and be okay."

McGrath said his next stop on campus will for the Michigan basketball home game against Penn State on Feb. 17. He will attend the game with fellow special teams commit and long snapper, Scott Sypniewski. While on his visit, McGrath says he hopes to see what Ann Arbor has to offer.

‘I really don't know anything about Ann Arbor," McGrath said on his next visit to campus. "I don't know where anything is. Before I called coach (Hoke) and told him I was going to do it. I wanted to make sure it wasn't just football I was making the decision for. So I found out how Ann Arbor was in general, and everyone said great things about it. It's a fun area—I heard great things."

A self-admitted Michigan State fan growing up, McGrath wanted to make it clear where his allegiance stands now.

"Oh yeah, oh yeah, I can't wait to kick their tails," McGrath said.

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