May 5, 2008

Colorado athlete shines at UNC Nike Camp

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - It was a long trip for Aurora (Colo.) Cherokee Trail athlete Kendall Gregory-McGhee to make the North Carolina Nike Camp on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill. However, after separating himself as one of the event's top performers, the travel proved to be well worth it.

Gregory-McGhee currently holds two offers, one from Colorado State and one from Wyoming, where he is being recruited as a defensive end. As word spreads about his success last weekend in Chapel Hill, more offers could follow, at multiple positions.

"I think it went well," Gregory-McGhee said of the camp experience. "It was the first time I've really been out for football since January. I think it's just shown me what I need to work on this summer and gave me a good bar to base myself on."

After spending his winter and spring playing basketball and track, Gregory-McGhee worked out at wide receiver on Friday. Despite his strong performance, he took away some things he hopes to improve on.

"I gotta work on concentrating on the ball going into my hands," he said. "I'm working on getting off the jam and just practicing my routes."

In a tight end’s body, Gregory-McGhee high jumps 6 feet 3 inches in track and has the ability to split out at wide receiver and run crisp routes.

"I'm being recruited as a wide receiver, tight end and defensive end," he said. "I like all three. I don't really have a favorite. I'm just trying to get better at wide receiver since that’s the newest one."

Gregory-McGhee has been receiving serious interest from colleges beyond the local programs. He has been gaining attention from Pac-10, Big Ten and SEC schools alike, and he has some very heavy-hitters showing him the most interest.

"I'm hearing from LSU," he said. "I went to the LSU camp last summer and did well there. I've been on their radar ever since. Coach Henson from LSU has called me.

"I've gone to the Nebraska camp since I was an eight grader. I've been in contact with them. I have a family connection with them. My grandpa and my uncle both played out there.

"CU, I have a family connection with them too. My dad played there."

Along with Coach Henson from LSU, Gregory-McGhee has already received phone calls from the coaching staffs at Boise State, Colorado and Nebraska. He also has plans to hit several camps this summer.

"I'm not sure which ones for sure but I'm definitely going to CSU. I'm looking at Texas, LSU, Nebraska, Boise State and San Diego State."

If Gregory-McGhee's performances at summer camps match his play on Saturday, expect his offer list to grow steadily.


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