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Wide receiver Josh McGrigg signs with Villanova

Speedy receivers from Virginia were a priority for Nova in 2016.

It wasn't long ago that Villanova got the call from Josh McGrigg, a speedy receiver from Alexandria, Virginia's Mount Vernon high school; he committed to the program verbally on January 20th. He is a 5'11" 175-pound wide receiver and defensive back, who could find himself on either side of the ball at Villanova -- though we think he might be a fit at receiver, where the 'Cats could use some speedy playmakers to help out their young quarterbacks downfield.

Also a talented kick returner, McGrigg made the Richmond Times-Dispatch's All-State Second Team at that position.

He is an explosive player with the ball in his hands, and uses his speed and athleticism well. He isn't tall for a receiver, but has good height for a I-AA slot receiver and would also be a good size to play cornerback at this level as well.

The Wildcats return a number of talented athletes at the receiver positions, but Andy Talley's program has been good about finding ways to slot in young players, and carving out a role for those who shine in the receiver corps.

Depth Chart (* denotes walk-on)
Class Name Height Weight
Junior Taurus Philips 5'9" 185 lbs.
Junior Lincoln Collins 6'3" 195 lbs.
Sophomore Jarrett McClenton 5'7" 155 lbs.
Sophomore Alex Padovani 6'0" 205 lbs.
(RS) Freshman Brandon Chadbourn 6'0" 190 lbs.
Senior Justin Causa 5'11" 190 lbs.
Sophomore Ethan Ericson 6'4" 215 lbs.
Junior Will Harris 6'2" 195 lbs.
Sophomore Andrew Smith 6'1" 180 lbs.
Senior Robert Witman 6'4" 200 lbs.

The Wildcats are always on the lookout for talented wide receivers. Most of their game-changing talent in recent years have been slot-type receivers, and with McGrigg's height he could be an option there. McGrigg will have to work his way up this depth chart at slot receiver, but with his ball-skills, he could easily flip over and play on defense as well.

Welcome Josh to 'Nova Nation!