|Mike McCray II|
Weight: 225 lbs.
High school: Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison
Jersey number: #9
Last year: McCray was a senior in high school. I gave him a TTB Rating of 74.
McCray committed to Michigan in March 2012 and stuck by the Wolverines even when Ohio State eventually came calling with an offer. He was invited to The Opening last summer and also selected to the Under Armour All-America Game, but he didn't particularly stand out at either event. In between the two, he had a solid but unspectacular season that pretty much confirmed what the prognosticators had seen earlier.
One large determining factor for McCray's future might be his height. At the Rivals 5-star Challenge last summer, he measured in at 6'1" despite being listed in other places at 6'4". My 6'2" up there is just a guesstimate, as he's likely somewhere in between. If he's taller than that, he might fit best at SAM linebacker. If he's 6'2" or shorter, he will probably end up at MIKE in the long-term. After starter Jake Ryan's ACL injury in the spring, McCray was mentioned as a possible backup, along with Cam Gordon and Mark Lawson; however, it was shortly revealed that Brennen Beyer was moving from weakside end to SAM to shore up the position, so that potentially shoves McCray farther down the depth chart. I would like to see McCray redshirt, but for some reason, I think the coaches are going to burn it to prepare him for the stretch run or for next year.
Prediction: Backup SAM linebacker, special teams coverage