Since then, McGrew has pumped the brakes a bit, and has since received offers from a number of other schools. However, although he has a top three, he says the Bruins are still standing out as the leader.
"My top three right now is California, Washington, and UCLA," the four-star said. "UCLA is definitely standing out a little bit. They're still the favorite."
"I love Coach Polamalu, he seems like a great guy," McGrew said. "He's definitely a guy that I would want to play for in the future. UCLA is a great program, and a great academic school. It's really what I'm looking for in a college, the best place to get a free education and where I fit in the best too. I love the coaching staff, and I've been up there a couple of times just to visit."
His appreciation for Polamalu's coaching acumen was only reinforced recently when he met former UCLA running Maurice Jones-Drew at the spring game. Jones-Drew, who played for Polamalu with the Jacksonville Jaguars, left quite an impression on McGrew.
"That was an awesome experience," McGrew, who stands about 5'7 or so, said of meeting Jones-Drew. "He already knew who I was because he saw the State Championship game and I came up to him and I was wearing my ring. He was like ‘ah, man, how are you going to wear that around me? That was my school.' It was just really cool because we're like the same size, though he does have like 40 or 50 pounds on me. His legs are like twice the size of mine."
Mcgrew said the conversation definitely had an impact on him, and helped UCLA's cause.
"It definitely did, because Coach Polamalu coached him, and (Jones-Drew) said he's a great guy," McGrew said. "He's a great coach to play for, and I definitely look forward to developing a better relationship with him going forward."
As for his decision timeline, McGrew still wants to finish the process fairly early, and says he definitely wants to be done by the start of his senior season. He also said depth charts will not play a big role in his decision.
? "I'm going to commit before my senior year so I can focus on my season rather than worrying about where I'm going to go to school," McGrew said. "I definitely am not going to look at (depth charts) too much, I'll just go where I can and compete as best I can, and if I'm the best guy, that'll be that."
McGrew has plans to go to UCLA's camp in June, but doesn't yet know if he'll do any other school camps next month.