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Grant 2019 QB Matt McGraw his a multi sport athlete that is already getting some FBS looks for football. We talked his offseason work with Throw It Deep, what’s next for his recruiting and some of his under the radar teammates. I also got Grant head coach Chris Robinson’s thoughts on McGraw.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 180 lbs
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Are you playing any other sports?
MM: I think the biggest thing that I need to work on is getting stronger and putting on weight. I currently weigh 180 pounds but my goal is to be around 190 pounds by the start of the season. I’m not done growing so hopefully I can add a couple inches by next season as well. I’ve been training at Jeff Christensen’s Throw It Deep for the past 5 years and I wouldn’t be close to where I am today without them. I also have been busy with AAU and summer league basketball. Our basketball team at Grant is coming off a regional championship and should be good again this year.
LPI: You currently don’t have any offers, but I believe you have what it takes to play at the next level. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
MM: I am an accurate QB who can move around in the pocket and avoid the pass rush. I am a student of the game and like to draw up my own football plays on a whiteboard. My goal is to be an offensive coordinator for a college football team after I’m done playing.
LPI: Which schools have shown serious interest in you?
MM: Although it is early in the recruiting process, I think I have developed great relationships with the coaches at Northern Illinois.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or camps/showcases set?
MM: This summer I went to six camps (Wisconsin, Illinois, North Central College, Michigan, and Northern Illinois twice). Hopefully, I will be able to take some visits during the season this year.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership or go the extra mile for your teammates?
MM: I like to lead by example so that my teammates have someone to look to if they have trouble with something and I try to get to know everyone on the team. I organize times for me and my WR’s to practice routes on the field on our off days.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
Andrew Ryczek (Senior 6’3” 180) – Andrew is a 3-year varsity kicker. I personally believe that he is one of the best kickers in the state. His longest made field goal is 60 yards! Andrew can squat 315 lbs. He spends hours at a time during the offseason kicking. He has a great work ethic and is a great person. I think he will get a lot of attention from college coaches this season. There is no doubt in my mind that he is an FBS level kicker.
Keegan Bachara (Senior 6’3” 225) – Keegan plays DE and OL. Even though he is looking to play DE in college, Keegan is one of the guys who I can trust 100% to block for me every play on the offensive line. He is always in the weight room and wants to get better. Keegan should be a great player for our team this year and I can’t wait to see what he does in the future.
Ryan Tevaga (Junior 5’10 230) – Ryan started the last 5 games on varsity last year at DT. He is only 5’10 but he finds a way to get through the offensive line every play. Ryan is one of the strongest guys on our team. His max bench press is 250 lbs and his max squat is 405 lbs. I think one of his strengths is that he is quicker than a lot of the opposing offensive linemen and can beat them off the ball. I’m excited to see what he can do this year. He is also an excellent wrestler.
Austin Sadoski (Senior 6’2 280) – Austin is the rock of our offensive line. He never misses weights and has a great work ethic. He is one of the strongest players on the team and can bench press 315 lbs and squat 320 lbs. Austin will play center this year.
Noah Lautner (Sophomore 5’10 155) – Noah is only going to be a sophomore and is going to play varsity as a running back this year. He is very quick and can make guys miss in the open field. Last year he was the main running back on the freshman team that went 9-0. Noah has a very bright future and I’m excited to see what he can do this year.
Grant Head Coach Chris Robinson on McGraw on and off the field
“Matt is a student of the game and constantly seeks out ways to learn more. He has proven his commitment to the game and to our team by showing up to workouts, camp, practice, etc. with the intent to get better and lead by example. Off the field, Matt represents our program, school, and community through model behavior.”