Mar. 7 -- For over a year, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco running back Sean McGrew seemed a near lock for UCLA but a couple of new schools now sit at the top of his list...
is one of the most explosive backs, not just out west, but nationally as well. He had his coming out party in the Pac 5 playoffs as a sophomore when he exploded on to the scene and was the focal point for the Braves winning a state title.
He's a unique player in that he's only about 5-7, 175 pounds but has tremendous speed and surprising power. He really finishes his runs well, can go between the tackles and seems to get stronger as the game goes on. He also has incredible hands out of the backfield, is a dangerous return man and has the skill set to fit in any offensive system.
On the recruiting front, McGrew has had UCLA
as his leader ever since they offered over a year ago but there's a couple of new schools now leading for him.
"I don't really have a favorite but Washington
and Arizona State
are two I really like a lot," McGrew said. "With UW, Coach Petersen is personally recruiting me and he's the only head coach doing that so that really shows me a lot. I also like Coach B (Bhonapha), the RB coach a lot too. He and Coach Pete are really great dudes.
"ASU just offered me and I think I fit their system really well. I've been in contact with them for a while and then just offered on Wednesday so that was big. Coach Negro told me more offers are going to come in so I'm just being patient and going to let things play out."
McGrew said he's planning a trip to UW in April and will also camp with USC
later in the summer.
"My parents and I are going to UW April 17-19," McGrew said. "I visited last year but my parents have never been so they wanted to come up and meet the coaches and see the city. Two of my teammates, Mykal Tolliver
and Anselem Umeh
, are coming up with me because UW is showing interest in them as well.
"USC has picked things up with me as well and my dad really likes Coach Nansen, the RB coach. They want me to come out the Rising Stars Camp and if I do well there, they said they would offer. That would be huge for me because my parents would love for me to stay close to home."
As for UCLA, it doesn't sound like that door has totally closed but it's definitely not as open as it once was.
"It's a lot of things but I just kind of lost contact with them," McGrew said. "I'm also not sure how well I fit in with the offense compared to some other places and they don't have my major either, which is Business. I could major in Economics if I went there but I'm still doing more research.
"They landed some pretty good running backs last year too with Soso (Jamabo). The more I researched the school and talked to some people, I realized I needed to keep my options open and not just focus on them but all the schools recruiting me.
"I still want to come up for a visit since they're not doing a Junior Day, they do them individually but it's hard because I have track every day and I take classes on Saturday as well. Like I said, I'm just going to let the process play out and see what happens. My main focus is on track right now and getting my buddy Matthew Katnik
a CIF ring. I'm hoping to go at least 10.5 (100m) this year so I'm working as hard as I can and hopefully we finish off with a title this year."