Kicker J.J. McGrath talks Michigan

Macomb Lutheran North (Mich.) kicker J.J. McGrath was offered as a preferred walk-on by the Michigan coaching staff on Friday. Please read the full story below.

Macomb Lutheran North (Mich.) kicker J.J. McGrath was offered as a preferred walk-on by the University of Michigan football team on Friday.

McGrath, camped at U-of-M last summer. And with the Will Hagerup situation still in limbo the Wolverines will have a need in special teams.

At 6-foot-3, 228-pounds, McGrath was told he can fill that need by the Maize and Blue coaching staff. However, he said the coaches told him he will start off as a non-scholarship player and will have chance to earn a scholarship when some players graduate in the upcoming school year.

"When (Brendan) Gibbons eligibility expires or graduates, then I will be able to be on scholarship--if they believe that I have earned it," McGrath said, who made 8-of-11 field goal attempts--with a long of 57-yards--and made 26-of-27 PAT's last season. "I really don't doubt that will happen. I am confident that it will happen. I am confident that I can win it."

McGrath noted that Michigan is "definitely" the leader in the club house—especially after taking a full campus tour on Friday.

"I love it. I love it completely," McGrath said. "I am not a big fan of cities. I am not a city person. I like to be out in the country or the suburbs. I love Ann Arbor. It's a sweet place. When I first went there, nobody showed me around. But when people showed me around, I seen a lot more and there is a lot more to do."

Currently, McGrath has no offers on the table but is getting serious interest from Michigan, LSU and Southern Miss. He says he has a official visit planned later this month with the Golden Eagles.

"I'm going to take that visit (to Southern Miss.) Then from there I will see which option is better. If Southern Miss., does end up offering then I have weigh the money but I also have to weigh the fact—it's Michigan. So I have to weigh both options."


-He camped at LSU last summer.

-He said he grew up an Michigan State fan, but his affection for the Spartans has turned during the course of his recruitment.

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