Trip Report - Sean McGrew

Dawgman.com spoke Sunday afternoon with running back Sean McGrew as he was waiting at SeaTac to catch a flight home to Los Angeles. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound McGrew, who verbally committed to the Washington Huskies in May, spent more time getting to know Seattle on his official visit.

“It went great, I couldn’t have had a better visit,” Sean McGrew said. “This is my fourth visit up here, so I’ve pretty much seen and done everything you can do on a visit to Washington. This visit was more about meeting more of the players and since I’m enrolling early I got to meet a lot of the guys and just make some new friends.

“I’ve seen everything they have to offer on campus and just getting to explore the city and getting to know the city that I’m going to be living in the next four years was a big part of the visit, and it was cool. I forget where we went, but we went to this neighborhood park overlooking the entire bay and the entire city. That was really cool.”

“A lot of schools have been coming after me, but one of the big reasons why I committed so early was just so I could get the recruiting process over with. It started to get stressful for me. I knew where I wanted to go. And once I committed I wasn’t going to change my mind. It wasn’t too tough.”

What wasn’t so cool was running into the ping-pong buzzsaw known as Chris Petersen. 

“I was playing ping-pong and then Coach Pete grabs one of the paddles and I didn’t think he would honestly be all that good,” McGrew said. “I thought I was going to be able to take him, and he absolutely killed me (21-5) - and he wasn’t even trying. Apparently everyone was saying he was just playing with me. I got a rematch today because I got a little better over the weekend and he still beat me 21-9.”

Being the competitor McGrew is, another rematch is on the horizon. “I’m going to be up there playing ping-pong a lot, trying to get better,” he said. “I guess no one’s been able to beat (Pete). He’s the undefeated champion right now.”

McGrew’s player-host for his official visit was freshman running back Myles Gaskin. 

“We’re both almost the same size; he’s a little bit bigger than me, but we relate to each other with how we play on the field,” McGrew said when asked about the conversations between the two. “We just talked about what it’s like to play at the college level and being our size at the running back position and blocking linebackers and stuff like that, the speed of the game - just mostly talking about what we’re both gonna do when we get back up there together. We’re going to work hard and make the most of what we have this coming season.

“It doesn’t matter if me or Myles is starting; we’re going to both be in the backfield, splitting reps. We’re both going to do our jobs as best as possible. Coach Smith told me that they are going to put in a Wildcat formation for me and Myles to be in the backfield the same time, which will be pretty cool. We’re also going to have other formations where we’re both in the backfield at the same time. I’m going to come up and play running back, and once they see I can do other stuff they’ll move me around.”

Because McGrew is enrolling in time for spring football, he tried to meet as many players as possible. He mentioned Azeem Victor and especially Keishawn Bierria as two current Huskies that impressed him. 

“I hung out with them a little bit and I know Keishawn because he went to Narbonne, which is in my neighborhood,” McGrew said. “He told me as soon as I get up here I better be ready to go. Don’t play any games because you need to come up here and practice like we’re the best because we want to be the best. He gave me some serious talks like that. They are getting pretty focused.

“I know talking to some of the players this weekend and getting their vibe, they think we’ve got a chance to win a Rose Bowl pretty soon. Everyone’s buying into the system and working as hard as possible and staying focused. We’re turning this thing around and we think we can win a Rose Bowl.”

McGrew will move to Seattle March 27th and enroll at Washington the next day. He plans on faxing his official letter of intent in early on February 3rd and then will go through a signing ceremony later in the day with his St. John Bosco teammates.

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