There are a number of top non-public programs in New Jersey, but one that usually is not considered in this group is Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine's Prep. However, the Hermits are giving college coaches a reason to stop by their campus, as junior offensive lineman Michael McGrath has proven himself to be a player to watch.
"I've had a few coaches in and out of the school and I've had quite a few letters in the mail," said McGrath, who is 6-foot-5 and 294 pounds. "Rutgers, Old Dominion, Stanford, Northwestern and Maryland have stopped by my school."
McGrath also mentioned that Penn State has been showing him serious interest recently.
During the fall, McGrath made his way to one college game at Rutgers.
"Believe it or not, it was my first college game and it was incredible," said McGrath. "I wasn't even playing and I got chills when they ran out of the tunnel."
There are a few other schools that McGrath hopes to check out in person.
"Out of the schools that have talked to me, I'd like to visit Stanford, Penn State and Northwestern," said McGrath. "I also really want to visit my dream school, Notre Dame."
McGrath explained how Notre Dame became his dream school.
"Apart from football they have great academics and I honestly grew up in a Notre Dame loving family, so I guess you can say I grew up a Notre Dame fan," he said.
This off-season, McGrath will be working on ways to improve his game.
"Most importantly I want to get stronger," he said. "I'm in the weight room every day and that is no doubt the most important part for me. However, I am also working towards improving my speed and quickness."