Tackles Targeted

West Virginia is hunting for offensive tackles in its football class of 2009, and a potential prospect made a visit to check out the Mountaineer program during its spring football session.

Ryan McGrath, a six-foot, five-inch, 270 pounder from Hollidaysburg High School in Pennsylvania recently made the short jaunt to Morgantown to take in a day of West Virginia's spring drills and get familiar with the WVU campus. McGrath, whose frame easily carried his weight, took a tour of WVU's Puskar Center and then watched a scrimmage.

"My dad was a walk-on at WVU, so I've been interested in them for a while," McGrath noted. "I've watched them and followed them over the past few years."

McGrath also has interest in Tulsa, Penn State and North Carolina State, and his summer schedule includes stops at several of his favorites.

"I am coming down to West Virginia's team camp, and I will also go to Penn State and North Carolina State's camps. That will probably be it for this summer."

His father's connection with WVU might not put West Virginia at the top of Ryan's list, however, His uncle, Dave, played with Dave Wannstedt at Pitt, so the Panthers also figure to be in the fray for McGrath, who has the height and wingspan to project to a tackle spot in college. That's a position he likes playing, and one that he sees himself at when he finishes up his high school career and moves on to the college game. He also plays defensive line for

McGrath has also played basketball at Hollidaysburg, which gives an idea of his flexibility and athletic ability. He will, however, likely pass on hoops this year to focus his attention on the gridiron. McGrath has not received any scholarship offers as yet, but a good showing during the summer camp season is expected to change that status

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