We enjoy doing the “Middle School Sporting” articles we regularly post. For the reasons we have before explained ad nauseam, replenishing our magazine’s database is a quintessential function of our publication.
Harrison McGraw, and players like him, present a real opportunity for us. You see, skill guys are easy in football to feature. After all, they always have the ball in their hands and so much of what they contribute is easy to memorialize.
McGraw (pardon the colloquialism) ain’t no skill player. McGraw is a down and dirty, hand on the ground, lineman who plays on both sides of the scrimmage line.
We looked all over the internet and we were unable to come up with a listed height and weight for big number six-seven (67). Just looking at him, we would put him in the 6-0 to 6-1 range and estimate his weight as being in the neighborhood of 260-pounds.
We could be wrong. We are willing to wager we haven’t missed by too much.
McGraw is a mighty accomplished big-man for North Oldham’s middle school heading into his 8th-grade season. He played in the 7th-grade, KYMSFA All-Star Classic. McGraw was a Division-One All-Region team member and played in the “Battle of the Regions.”
McGraw will play along the interior offensive front in high school, though he will probably be a two-way player and play some defense too. In college, we believe he will settle in at offensive center. There are several reasons we feel this way.
For starters, players who can play offensive center can generally “name their price” so to speak with college recruiters. Competent players at that position are in very high demand.
Most football teams these days run schemes which rely on a dead on the mark center-QB, shotgun exchange. There are a finite number of kids playing the game today with the ability to reliably deliver the ball among that’s players’ skill set.
We have seen film of McGraw playing center, though with the QB under him as opposed to a quarterback who was dropped four to five yards deep. We have been impressed with his work.
We like McGraw going forward to become a factor in the ’27 class among big-men. We believe this is a player who could round into one of 27’s top guys provided he continues to work hard toward perfecting his craft.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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