Dawgman At The Opening: Sean McGrew

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Sean McGrew is a 5-foot-7, 173-pound athlete from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., and he happens to be currently committed to the Washington Huskies. As one of the top offensive skill players in the country, McGrew was invited to The Opening, where he has been performing in a dual role; football player, and recruiter.

Dawgman's Kim Grinolds was at Nike World HQ Wednesday to talk to McGrew about his commitment to Washington, his sensational workout in the SPARQ Rating Championship, and more. McGrew even dropped some hints that his role as UW recruiter might be paying off...very soon.

On his SPARQ performance - “It was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Coming in, my best score overall was 110, and then I just decided to give it my all this morning and I got a 132, which is ridiculous. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I ran a 4.38 (40), a 3.9 shuttle…I tried to do that again today but came up a little short (4.41 40), the second competition of the day. But it was just awesome.”

What have you learned out here so far? - “Just a lot of advice. I talked to Napoleon (Kaufman) a lot and he’s given me a lot of advice. A lot of people are telling me that I remind them of him, and that’s kind of exciting. I pulled up his highlights last night to see if I actually do kind of run like him. It was pretty cool to be able to be compared to a great player like that.”

Have you been talking to the UW coaches lately? - “Definitely. Coach Petersen, Coach B (Keith Bhonapha), the Offensive Coordinator (Jonathan Smith)…right now I’m kind of their head recruiter of this class, and I’m just trying to get as many kids to join the Dawgs and make it one hell of a 2016 class.”

How are you doing so far? - “I’m doing pretty well. I think we may have a surprise this week. We might get one commit. I’m not going to give you guys his name. Probably one later…he’s telling me he really likes the Dawgs. And one other guy from Texas who really loves the Dawgs but we’ll see because he has a ton of offers.”

What role are the coaches talking to you about? - “I’m an all-purpose back. I think I’m going to start out at running back there and then they are going to move me around, see what I can do. I can be a utility guy, do whatever they want me to do.”

Did you get the sense that people thought you were going to commit to UCLA instead of UW? - “Yeah, definitely. Everyone thought I was still going to go to UCLA, and even the UCLA coaches thought I was going to go to UCLA. I definitely surprised some people. At the end of the day, I had to be selfish and I thought that was the best decision for me.”

How do you feel about it now? - “I feel great. I feel 100 percent solid right now.”

When are you going to go up to Seattle again? - “Probably the next time I’ll go up there is for my official visit. It’ll probably be for the Washington State game, or when they play Oregon. I kind of want to see the rivalry game, see what that’s all about.”

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