Back From South Bend

Recent months have seen St. Johns High. (MA) defensive tackle James McGillicuddy's stock rise. Despite playing defensive tackle for roughly two years, and having fairly raw skills because of this lack of experience, coaches notice his quickness, motor, and great lateral movement.

"I think I am determined, and have pretty good motor as well," said James McGillicuddy about his game. "Plus, I am strong. I am bench 420lbs. I have good lateral movement and am quick off the ball. I recently was timed at 4.91. I'm pretty happy about that."

These attributes have garnered McGillicuddy offers from Boston College, UConn, Duke, and Syracuse. His curiosity to explore different colleges, and find the best place for him, both academically and athletically, has lead to a busy summer.

"I just got back from Notre Dame," McGillicuddy said. "Next week I am going to Duke, and then the following week I will be going to Stanford. I want to find place that has a good combination of athletics and academics. I want to play at the highest level possible. I want to go to a high class program, where there is a high class coach, and a high class coaching staff."

Despite presently not holding an offer from Notre Dame, McGillicuddy thoroughly enjoyed his visit to South Bend.

"The Notre Dame trip was great," McGillicuddy said. "We got back on Monday. They are in my top five. I am very interested in them. I spoke with coach Willingham for roughly an hour and we had a great conversation. He talked to me about his philosophy and how it's important to be a student and an athlete He also touched on the importance of setting goals, getting priorities straight, and knowing the importance of having fun and responsibility."

While at Notre Dame, McGillicuddy also had the opportunity to meet strength coach Mick Marotti, and see what strength and condition improvements a former Notre Dame defensive tackle made.

"I met the strength and conditioning coach," McGillicuddy said. "He showed me pictures of what he did with Cedric Hilliard. He showed me what he was like when he came in, and what he was like when he left. I was really impressed."

Although McGillicuddy enjoyed his visit, and has Notre Dame in his top five, Notre Dame didn't offer him scholarship on his visit.

"They didn't offer me," McGillicuddy said. "I had minor knee surgery, and they want to see film before they offer. I'll probably send them some scrimmage tape. The knee feels fine."

McGillicuddy's college decision should not come early. In addition to being a dominant football player, he wrestles, and his commitment to wrestling may prevent him from making a college decision any time soon.

"Right now I'll wait until I've taken a few visits, or at least until the season ends," said McGillicuddy when asked when he might decide. "This is because of wrestling. We have practice and matches. But if I go on a visit and it feels good I could commit. I'll probably take three to five visits."


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