Kendall Gregory-McGhee Commits to Minnesota

Kendall Gregory-McGhee, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Aurora (CO) Cherokee Trail who visited Minnesota for the Gophers' game versus Indiana, has had a busy week. He led his team to a 17-0 win over Arapahoe to improve to 6-2, is busy preparing for his homecoming dance Saturday night and made his college decision Friday night. GoldenSports.Net talked to Gregory-McGhee about his college choice.

Kendall Gregory-McGhee made his college choice before his homecoming game. He liked what he saw and heard from the Minnesota coaches. Gregory-McGhee said that they were two main factors in his decision.

"The environment and the coaches," he said. "I had said throughout my recruiting process that when I find the right place, I'll know it is right and that is what I found."

Gregory-McGhee comes from a football family. His father, Kanavis McGhee, was an All-American linebacker as a member of Colorado's 1990 national championship team. His grandfather, Ben Gregory, was a running back at Nebraska and was named to the Cornhuskers' all-century team. His uncle, Morgan Gregory, played wide receiver for the Huskers. His half-brother, Davyon McGhee, is currently a linebacker at Kansas State, and another half-brother, Jacory McGhee, played wide receiver as a freshman at Tyler Junior College last fall. He said that there was no pressure to follow in his father's footsteps at Colorado.

"It wasn't really hard because my parents didn't put any pressure on me, so I did not feel like I had to go to Colorado," he said. "They just wanted me to make my own decision."

Gregory-McGhee notified the Minnesota coaches of his decision after Minnesota's road win over Illinois Saturday.

"My mother ordered me some Minnesota football apparel and I took a picture of me and sent them a message that 'I'm in.' Coach Cross called me that night," he said.

Gregory-McGhee watched the nationally televised game against Illinois and was impressed with the big road win.

"It was a big win and I really enjoyed watching them play and I am ready to play for them," he said.

Gregory-McGhee plays both sides of the field in high school and is uncertain where he will play in college.

"Actually, I talked to them and they told me that I can play both. So, it is just getting me up there and finding out whichever I can play first," he said.

Cherokee Trail finished 12-1 last year, losing to Monarch in the Class 4A state semifinals, a team the Cougars beat 19-7 in their second game this season. Cherokee Trail, the Skyline League champion, had eight shutouts last year and has won five straight games after losing the first two contests of the season.

Gregory-McGhee finished with nine touchdown passes last season. He was named first-team all-league and all-city.

Gregory-McGhee received a scholarship offer from Minnesota in May and liked the team when GoldenSports.Net talked to him recently.

"They are an up-and-coming program. They have good academics," he said. "I know that I like the coaches and the coaching staff. They are really friendly and know what they are doing. They are trying to get their program turned around and try to make something happen."

Gregory-McGhee also plays basketball and runs track. He high-jumped 6-foot-3, triple-jumped 42-foot-5 and long-jumped 21 feet. The basketball team went to the Elite Eight and were 25-1 as he averaged four points and eight rebounds.

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