Rochester, N.Y., has started to put out some big-name players over the past few years and the Class…
McGill Repping Rochester
Upstate New York has had a number of FBS recruits in recent years and the class of 2012 is no different. One of the top players hailing from the Rochester area is Gates-Chili wide receiver Marcus McGill. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound, junior has piqued the interest of several programs most notable Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Akron. McGill and another one of the area's top prospects Jarron Johnson (Aquinas Institute) ventured to Penn State on Saturday to see the Nittany Lions battle Michigan. McGill came away very impressed with what he saw. "It started when we pulled into the parking lot and all you see is people all dressed in white," McGill recalled. "When we got there we went to the recruiting lounge. Coach (Matt) McQueary spoke to us about their high graduation rate and academics. He spoke to us without making a bunch of empty promises. "We went down on the sidelines and it was crazy," McGill continued. "The fans at Penn State are incredible. The whole atmosphere there is ten times louder than anywhere else I have been. It was the best atmosphere I have seen by far and bigger than anywhere else. I gave them my highlights before I left, so we'll see. Coach McQueary is my recruiting coach and he seems interested. They always send letters and he write little notes on them telling me good job and congrats on the win and stuff like that after a game." McGill also visited Rutgers when the Scarlet Knights played Tulane. "The trip to Rutgers went very well," McGill explained. "I spent a lot of time talking to coach (Bob) Fraser who is my recruiting coach. Rutgers lost the game, but I still saw some good things. You can see the closeness of the team. The coaches and players are very close there and I liked that. " I like the offense that they run there with the Wildcat package," McGill stated. "I'm an athlete and we run the Wildcat and we're running it more for me next season, so I think I could step into that role. They really didn't talk about an offer, but I am sending them some new film, so we'll see what happens. I'm going to try and go back down there when they play Syracuse." Syracuse is another program that McGill is interested in for several reasons. McGill also shed some light on the previous in-state recruiting woes that plagued the previous Orange regime. "I went to Syracuse when they played Maine," he said. "The campus and facilities are a little smaller than some of the other ones I had seen. The coaches are very straight forward with you they don't lie to you. I really liked their offense and the way they threw the ball around. Their receivers dropped some passes, but I'm a receiver and you want to play in an offense that throws the ball. "Syracuse is an up and coming program," McGill continued. "The old staff at Syracuse didn't seem like they emphasized recruiting New York very much. They would rather go to Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Coach (Doug) Marrone is trying to keep New York kids at home and turning things around here. Everyone thinks New York is a basketball state, but there are some football players here, especially in Rochester." As a sophomore, McGill caught 20 passes for 305 yards. He earned 2nd Team All-County honors as a cornerback. He carries a (3.5) GPA and would like to major in Communications. "It's important to me that a school has what I want and I want to get into Sports Broadcasting, so a solid Communications program is important," McGill said when talking about his future. "I know Syracuse has one of the best Communications programs in the country. I also want to play offense in college and I want to catch passes. I don't want to play in a run based offense."
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