Sunday, March 18, 2012

Get to Know Mike McCray

Commitment #14 for the 2013 class was 4* outside linebacker Mike McCray out of Trotwood, OH. Rivals ranks him 44th overall in the nation and he had more than 20 offers including ones from Nebraska and Oklahoma. This kid is a beast. He stands 6’4” and 230 pounds and runs a 4.61 second 40. He is also on the ESPNU 150 Watch List, making him...wait for it, our TWELFTH ESPNU 150 Watch List commit. Wow. 
He is also our 12th 4* commit of the 2013 class, giving us one more than 2012’s top-10 class. Reread that sentence please. It’s March, fergodssake. This also makes 12 of our 16 commits in the Rivals250. Michigan also now has 7 Rivals100 commits, the most since getting 7 in the 2006 class. I could keep going about how ridiculous this class is, but you get the point. 
McCray came from the same high school as Roy Roundtree, Michael Shaw, and Brandon Moore. Even though McCray doesn’t have an OSU offer yet, I can promise you Urban will try to flip him. McCray's father played for Ohio State back in the day. McCray’s head coach at Trotwood-Madison called him one of his best athletes ever. Once again, a testament to Hoke’s eye for talent. 
McCray chose Michigan over his top-6 of Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona, Tennessee, Illinois, and South Carolina. 
He was also kind enough to let me interview him for a few minutes. 
Me: How does it feel to be a part of the #1 recruiting class in the country? I know it's early, but Michigan is off to an unprecedented start with 16 verbal commits already!
Mike: It feels great to be apart of the #1 recruiting class in the country.
Me: Are you more comfortable knowing that there are 6 other commits from Ohio? Does it kinda show how the new coaching staff is much more willing to recruit Ohio and the midwest than in the past?
Mike: Yes, I am more comfortable knowing that there are 6 commits from Ohio and I have talked to all the others that have committed to Michigan. It shows that the new coaching staff really wants to get guys from Ohio and around this area.
Me: What are you most excited for when you get to campus?
Mike: What I am most is excited about is everything Michigan has to offer, like the fans, other students who attend the University of Michigan, and the other sports that go on around campus.
Me: Did you feel rushed at all to commit knowing the linebacker position situation at UM this year? Or did you feel it was right and wanted to get things over with? Or a little bit of both?
Mike: I really didn’t feel rushed because I knew that UM was the place I wanted to be. I just wanted to get it over with because I was ready.
Me: Who do you talk to the most in this recruiting class? Have you made friends with any of the recruits?
Mike: I have talked to Shane Morris, Jaron Dukes, Taco Charlton, Jake Butt, and Dymonte Thomas. Well, pretty much everyone who has committed already.
Me: I see that you retweet a lot of congratulatory messages from Michigan fans. How does that make you feel, knowing how much Wolverine Nation is behind you?
Mike: It makes me feel like I won't be leaving home because I know I will have a lot of support and people behind my teammates and I. It makes me feel wanted and that is a great feeling.
Me: You've probably been asked this more than any other commit from Ohio, and it's probably because of your familial connections to Ohio State, but do you feel strange at all knowing you will be playing at Michigan, whereas your own father played for their arch rival? Is it exciting?
Mike: No, it won't feel strange because I know my dad went to Ohio State because that was the best place for him and I know that Michigan is the best place for me and I know both my parents will support me any where that I went.
Me: Any last words?
Mike seems like a stand-up guy and I especially liked his answer about playing at Michigan versus his father who played at OSU. He understands that playing college football is different for each individual, and knowing his parents are behind his decision is a big deal. McCray is an excellent addition to the 2013 class. 

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