A state championship as a sophomore and a 2,000-yard season were a nice way to end 2013. But it was the news McGrew got last week from his childhood favorite that punctuated the last couple months.
UCLA offered McGrew, an all-state sophomore selection, the first offer for McGrew and one coming from the school he dreamed of playing for.
"It was big just getting an offer," said McGrew. "I go to a school that there are so many guys with D-I offers, everyone is getting offers, and so many college coaches coming by. Now I can say that I'm a D-I prospect at St. John Bosco, which is awesome."
That it came from the Bruins means the most.
"I have always been a UCLA fan," said McGrew. "I've always wanted to play in the Rose Bowl. My family always loved UCLA more than USC. UCLA is my dream school."
McGrew said the offer came out of nowhere, and was even more surprising that the Bruins were the first to offer.
"I was surprised because it was UCLA," said McGrew. "I was expecting 1-2 offers from other schools maybe smaller schools, but not a Pac12 school or one in the top 25. But it was pretty awesome."
McGrew talked with head coach Jim Mora and running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu.
"Coach Mora was who offered me and that was pretty cool," said McGrew. "Coach Polamalu talked about why they liked me. I had met Coach Mora at a game as a guest of Josh Rosen, but I thought he probably didn't even remember me."
While the offer meant a lot to McGrew, with two years until he'll sign, an early decision is unlikely but not impossible.
"I mean, since UCLA is my dream school, I might commit in the next couple months, so I have some time to think about it this offseason, sit down and talk with it but I want to see what's best. I'm definitely thinking about it. It's definitely going to be one of the top schools."
"Cal, Fresno State and Boise State are three more that I like," said McGrew.
McGrew said that he's already hearing from a couple of UCLA signees who were Bosco teammates about the Bruins.
"After the offer, Jaleel (Wadood) wanted me to commit right away," said McGrew. "I told them I got offered and he said ‘commit'. Jaleel definitely wants me to commit and Jacob (Tuioti-Mariner) is also like ‘commit.'
After a long season, one in which the Braves went 16-0 and won the CIF State Open Division title, McGrew's attention will soon turn to track but he's also planning to do 7on7 in the offseason.