Another future Illinois Fighting Illini line backer has been recognized for his efforts on the high school gridiron. The USA Today high school sports section released their All-USA Kansas First Team earlier this month, and Illini commit Henry McGrew was selected as one of the best three line backers in the entire state of Kansas.
The 6’3″, 240 pound Blue Valley (Stilwell) senior verbally committed to play for Illinois back on June 18th, 2013. He chose Illinois over offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Idaho.
McGrew achieved team success, as well as the personal success mentioned above, in his swan song for the Tigers when the team reached the highest level possible by winning the Class 5A Kansas State Title, defeating Salina South 27-26.
If you aren’t familiar with McGrew, please take a minute to watch his hudl highlight videos and see what he is going to bring to the Illini in the future.
My immediate impression of him as a player is that he is instinctual, but not at the expense of being in the right place at the right time in order to make a play. He also never seems to give up pursuit on the play regardless of the location on the field. These are both great attributes to bring to the Illini table.
We, at Writing Illini, would like to salute Henry McGrew on his accomplishments this season, and look forward to seeing what the next four years brings as he continues to grow as a player in the orange and blue.
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