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)
|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!