Mike McCray Jr.
Trotwood-Madison H.S. (Trotwood, Ohio)
National Rank: Four-star prospect, No. 24 OLB Overall
His Recruiting Story
Mike McCray Jr. is the son of a former Ohio State captain Mike McCary Sr., but he decided to commit to Michigan last May. It caused a local stir in his native Ohio, and he even declined a Ohio Sate offer later that month after his commitment to the Wolverines.
“A little hate (laughter),” McCray said on his commitment to Michigan from local Buckeye fans. “They tell me like, ‘oh, you should have finished the legacy because of your dad.’ I don’t really listen to them because it’s really my decision and my parents are happy with my decision, so I really ignore it. I kind of laugh it off.”
At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, McCray starred for Ohio powerhouse football program Trotwood-Madison, where he helped lead the Rams to a 12-3 record and a state championship game appearence to end his high school career.
McCray, was also named to the Under Armor All-American Bowl in Tampa, Fla, but was unable to participate due to an injury he played with throughout his senior season.
“I had torn my labrum last year, junior year, and they told me at the end of the year, if I had surgery I wouldn’t be able to play my senior year, or I could just wait it out and get it after senior year, and I wanted to play senior year, because that’s a good memory to have, so I got it afterwards,” McCray said on his injury. “Now, I’m just getting ready for rehab.”
Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene had this to say on McCray’s game.
“I like Mike a lot. I think he is probably going to play middle linebacker for Michigan,” Greene explained. “He is probably 225 to 230-pounds right now. He can add another 10-pounds and trim some body fat off and add some muscle. He’s versatile. I like him. He’s really solid. He’s really consistent. He’s a really smart player. He really understands the game. His father was a great player. (Mike McCray Sr. played LB at Ohio State and was team captain in 1987.) Mike has probably been taught the game from a really early age. He can play in a complicated scheme. He does not miss tackles. He’s not flashy. He might not be as athletic as you want but he makes up for it—he’s physically hard. Mike is a heck of a player.”
McCray is a big physical linebacker. Depending on how his rehab goes, he might have a chance to see the field early at Michigan. But most likely will be a special teamer or will redshirt his freshman season. He could move to move to the strong side defensive end if needed. He will definitely help the depth at linebacker position. Like most freshman, a year in the strength and conditioning program can only help his chances into developing into the Wolverine linebacker of the future.
"I haven't really talked to the coaches about the depth chart at all, or about possibly redshirting," McCray said on playing early at UM. "I'm only thinking about going in and working hard, then letting things happen from there. The best players are going to play, and I have to prove to the coaches that I'm one of the best. That's what I'm focused on doing.”