McGrew Enjoyed Berkeley Trip

OCT. 22 -- After another huge performance Friday night in Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's thrilling win over J Serra, running back Sean McGrew headed out to Berkeley to see Cal on Saturday.

Sean McGrew has clearly established himself as one of the top backs in the West region already and still has two years to go before he graduates. In a back and forth game on Friday against an undefeated San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J Serra squad, McGrew took over the game rushing for 381 yards and five touchdowns including a 70 yard score on a fake punt late in the game to seal the win.

McGrew first burst on to the scene last year as a sophomore and was the driving force for the Braves in the playoffs. He has game breaking speed and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field but is much more than just a speed guy. He's a very durable back who can run between the tackles, take a hit and still gain positive yards and has great hands coming out of the backfield.

On the recruiting front, McGrew took his first campus visit this weekend when he checked out California on Saturday.

"I've been to UCLA games before but this was my first actual school visit where I got to tour the campus," McGrew said. "My sister graduated from Cal two years ago so I've been to the school but never the football part of the campus. We flew out early in the morning and then took the Bart train right near the campus. It was cool, I liked Berkeley, it had an old school feel to it and I liked the overall atmosphere.

"I met with a tour guide and saw the campus and the football facilities. The weight room is incredible, it was as long as a football field and I heard it's one of the best in the country. I don't have anything to compare it to but it's tough to imagine there being too many out there that are better."

Following the tour, McGrew headed over to the stadium to take in the Cal-UCLA game.

"It was a cool opportunity for me because I like both teams a lot," McGrew said. "I enjoyed watching how the teams call plays, seeing how the running back is used and how I would fit in with the offense. Cal throws the ball a lot but when the running back does get the ball, he has a lot of room and space.

"With UCLA, I like how they use a lot of swing routes and get their backs open on the edge. That's how a lot of people say I'll be used in college so it's a good fit. Overall, the visit was very good and I think I could fit in well there. I didn't get to meet with the coaches after the game because I had to catch my flight but I'll be in touch with them for sure and I definitely have a high interest in Cal right now."

McGrew said his next visit will likely be to Washington.

"I want to try and get up there in November for the UCLA game," McGrew said. "Al of their home games are at 12:30 so it might be tough since that's a longer flight but I might go up and just stay the night so I have more time to visit the school. That might be it for out of state visits for me. I'll be at a couple of UCLA home games and then I'll just focus on our season.

"Right now, I'm in no rush to make a decision. At one point I thought I might commit early but you only go through this once and I don't want to rush it. If I make The Opening next year, I might commit there or just wait and take some official visits. Like I said, I'm in no hurry right now, when I feel ready, I'll go ahead and commit but it's still early for me."

Check out highlights of McGrew's big game over the weekend, courtesy of our friends from Under The Radar


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