February 29, 2008
Top in-state recruit has ties to Big 12 rivals
In recent weeks, Cherokee Trail head coach Monte Thelen has been flooded with requests for junior tape of Kendall Gregory-McGhee.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound wide receiver from Aurora, Colo., earned first-team all-league and all-city honors last fall after hauling in nine touchdown passes.
Gregory-McGhee possesses an impressive combination of size and athleticism.
"He really is a big time player," Coach Thelen expressed. "He can play in the slot, out on the numbers or at tight end. He had a very good junior season and we expect for him to have an even bigger role in our offense next season.
"He is currently playing on our undefeated basketball team. He can run, he high jumped 6-foot-2 a year ago as a sophomore at the state meet and he is going to run the hurdles this year."
Colorado, Nebraska, LSU, Wisconsin, Washington, Kansas State and Connecticut are among the colleges that have shown early recruiting interest in Gregory-McGhee.
"Kendall is getting recruited by just about any Division-1 program you can name," said Thelen. "Colleges that don't know about Kendall aren't really following the recruiting trail in Colorado. We are sending film of him out to the who's who of college football right now."
It appears that it is only a matter of time before Gregory-McGhee picks up his first offer.
"He went to Nebraska's camp last year and LSU's camp so both of those staffs got a good look at him," Coach Thelen said. "I would assume he is going to make some camp visits this summer. But right now he is focused on basketball and in the spring he'll be focused in on track."
His father Kanavis McGhee was an All-American linebacker at Colorado between 1987-90. His grandfather Ben Gregory was a running back at Nebraska. He was named to the Huskers' All-Century team. His mother Brooke Gregory is the Principle at Cherokee Trail High School.
"And Kendall has ties to basically all of Bill McCartney's old assistants [at CU], who are basically all over the nation right now," added Coach Thelen. "I don't know if he necessarily has a recruiting front runner going into the process, but he has a lot of history with both CU and Nebraska."
According to Thelen, Gregory-McGhee is a good student and will have no problem qualifying.
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