After impressing the South Alabama coaching staff at camp this summer and earning an offer, offensive tackle Garrett McGhin has decided to pledge to the Jags.
While guard prospects are easier to find, rangy, athletic tackles like McGhin are more of commodity and, after measuring 6'5" in bare feet with the wingspan to match at the camp, the South Alabama coaches knew they had found what they were looking for. After a short time, McGhin knew he had as well.
"The coaching staff," he said in answer to why he picked USA. "I love Coach Jones and Coach (Chase) Smith, the one who primarily recruited me. He wasn't all over me like a lot of these other guys and he let me take my visits because he was so confident that South Alabama was the place (for me). I'm really looking forward to getting up there and playing for him. I can see myself playing for him for the next 4 or 5 years while he can turn me into a good man and teach me how to play football."
Originally McGhin had planned on committing later in the year, but the increase in attention he was receiving made him want to conclude the process as quickly as possible.
"To be honest, I didn't think it was going to spiral out of control like this," he said. "I was thinking I'd get one or two offers before my season started but when I got nine or ten, it kind of sped everything up. I just kind of figured, 'why not?" If I like the coaching staff and everything about it, why wait. Just go ahead and get it done and get it out of the way."
McGhin went on to explain his other offers and why USA was his eventual choice.
"My top five were South Alabama, Middle Tennessee, ECU, App State and FIU because a lot of them were giving the option to play both (baseball and football). At the end of the day, I've been a two sport guy my entire life and I really thought it would be cool to go to South Alabama to get the opportunity to do both. I've talked to Coach (Jerry) Zulli, one of the assistant coaches and recruiters for South Alabama (baseball), and he's been honest with me. He said they were going to let me come out and tryout for baseball. Coach Smith and Coach Jones, they actually like that I'm a two sport athlete. It shows that I'm versatile. Most schools want me to focus on football 24-7 but Coach Zulli, Coach Jones and Coach Smith are going to give me a chance to join the South Alabama baseball team."
The big first baseman, offensive lineman hopes to make an impact at South Alabama while majoring in biology. He is USA's 11th commitment for 2014.