Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Kansas LB McGrew chooses B1G
By Damon Sayles
The Big Ten managed to win a three-team battle featuring two Big 12 teams, as a prominent player from Kansas verbally committed to Illinois on Tuesday.
Versatile linebacker Henry McGrew (Stilwell, Kan./Blue Valley) confirmed he gave his pledge to the Illini late Tuesday morning, becoming the seventh commitment for the program’s 2014 class. McGrew, who visited the campus a couple of weeks ago, chose Illinois over offers from Kansas and Iowa State.
“I loved the campus. It was beautiful,” McGrew said. “I loved the facilities, and I loved the coaching staff. It just felt right for me to commit.
Recruited by Illinois running backs coach Tim Salem, McGrew was one of the better tacklers last season. During his junior season, McGrew recorded 109 tackles, five sacks and four quarterback hurries. He also had eight tackles for a loss.
McGrew was recruited by several schools as both an inside and outside linebacker. He said Illinois, Iowa State and Kansas made his final list because they all wanted him to play inside linebacker. Illinois won over the others, McGrew said, because of the comfort level he felt with the coaches and the opportunity to play Big Ten football.
“I know a lot of schools were recruiting me as a standup outside linebacker/defensive end type, but I felt inside linebacker was the position I wanted to play,” McGrew said. “Knowing that I will compete against some of the best teams in the nation, I’m excited about that.”