There is no question that wide receiver/strong safety/cornerback Chris McGaha (6-2 ½, 191, 4.45) from Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley is one of the best players from the Grand Canyon State for the class of 2005. McGaha is another player who turned heads at the NIKE Camp held in San Diego last Saturday.
McGaha has that competitive spirit you love in a football player. Even though he did a great job at the NIKE Camp he came home determined to better.
What McGaha did was run a 4.5 40, 4.1 shuttle and lifted 185 pounds, 18 times. His overall performance was one of the camp’s best.
McGaha came home and ran a 4.42 and a 4.46 at his acceleration camp last Monday.
“Chris loves to compete and he loves to make plays,” Moon Valley head coach Roger Briston said. “He made a ton of plays for us. We could have an hour highlight tape on him.”
McGaha’s spirit and athletic ability have not gone unnoticed. He received his first offer from Arizona last weekend and he was offered by Nebraska this week.
ASU is also very hot on his trail and they too, could tender an offer sometime soon..
Washington, Washington State, Cal and Boise State are also very much in the early mix.
Arizona, ASU, Washington, Washington State, Cal, Boise State, Nevada, Utah, San Diego State and Nebraska have already been by the school to check McGaha out.
There are plenty of good reasons why McGaha warrants such attention. He was one of only two juniors to be named all-Arizona in 2003. He was first-team all-region on offense, defense and special teams.
McGaha was also one of five finalists for the Arizona State Player of the Year award. A rare honor indeed. He was only the second junior ever to be a finalist. (ASU bound QB Max Hall was the other.)
On offense, McGaha caught 37 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 1,287 kickoff return yards for another 8 touchdowns. As a punt returner, McGaha brought two punts back for scores. To add a little more sweetness to his resume, McGaha scored two rushing touchdowns on reverses for about 40 yards apiece.
Defensively McGaha accounted for 67 tackles, 43 solo, seven picks (one that he returned for a touchdown), four forced fumbles, three sacks and two blocked punts.
Be looking for his video on Rivals.com very soon.