Quarterback Brady McGrath is one of the best players from the Sugar Hill, GA area in the Class of 2025.
The 5-foot-6, 148-pound McGrath has tirelessly dedicated himself to football through and has attended many camps.
Here’s a list of some of them:
Steve Clarkson QB Retreat, California (2017, 2018, 2019)
FBU Top Gun, South Carolina (2017, 2018, 2019)
Gunslinger QB Competition, Tennessee (2017, 2018, 2019)
IMG QB Camp, Florida (2017, 2018, 2019)
Elite GA Showcase, Georgia (2018, 2019)
NFA QB Camp, Georgia (2018, 2019)
McGrath is humbled to compete against elite competition.
“I am growing and learning my position each and every day,” McGrath said. “It was really cool to see other QBs from around the country who are the best in their locations. So, it was great to watch and learn and also make new friends on Twitter.”
No matter the opponent, every game McGrath is determined to give it his all.
McGrath is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever McGrath steps between the lines.
“My mindset is that I can control the offense by what the defense gives me pre-snap,” McGrath said. “It is also a thinking man’s game pre-snap and you cannot just have a strong arm but you need brains also.”
McGrath has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. McGrath tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love to have fun with my friends,” McGrath said.
McGrath has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
“There is so much more to life than football,” McGrath said. “Football is just a small piece of the pie that we live each day and we need to treat each other the way we would want to be treated.”
McGrath recalls his favorite football memory.
“Making the playoffs two years ago as I remember all my teammates were so happy and the parents were crying,” McGrath said.
Earl Williams has coached McGrath for three years in the GFL.
Williams explains the best parts of McGrath’s game.
“His best attributes are his knowledge of the game, reading defenses, passing accuracy, and his leadership abilities on the field,” Williams said. “Brady is fundamentally sound in the pocket. He is strong with footwork, vision, play action and is patient while extending plays.”
McGrath discusses what separates him from other players.
“Hard work is what I am told by many other parents,” McGrath said.
McGrath takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. McGrath makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I always pick up my teammates even if they do something wrong. I will go tap the wide receiver on the helmet if he drops a ball and tell him to get the next one. If a running back fumbles I tell him to get it back on defense. Positive energy results in positive actions,” McGrath said. “The best advice I give is don’t stop trying and don’t stop fighting.”
Williams adds that McGrath is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“Brady demonstrates leadership more through example than anything else. Doing and executing his job is key and his teammates follow,” Williams said. “He is a quiet leader by example.”
McGrath is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I have learned that football is just a small part of my life to come and the friends I will make during these years are for all years to come,” McGrath said. “My coaches tell me to be myself and never give up.”
Williams is an advocate of McGrath’s capabilities. McGrath amassed 196 yards passing with three touchdowns in three quarters last season.
“Brady is still growing as an athlete and still hasn’t started puberty yet,” Williams said. “Genetically the upside is going to be tremendous with his dad at 6-foot-6 and mom at 5-foot-8. Brady hasn’t really physically started to grow yet but I believe that is only a matter of short time.”
McGrath has excellent awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“Brady uses his intellect during the game by calculating possibilities, making audible adjustments on the fly and putting his team in position to be successful,” Williams said.
McGrath is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible. Williams loves McGrath’s drive and determination.
“Brady’s work ethnic is consistent, focused and like any 13-year-old can improve but I’d say he is a quality hard worker,” Williams said.
McGrath breaks down an aspect of his game he’s focusing on.
“In the off season I workout with Coach Earl Williams at GSP in Suwanee, GA for five days a week,” McGrath said. “We work on QB mechanics and throwing motion.”
McGrath is constantly striving for greatness as an athlete.
“I want to start at QB by my sophomore year for the varsity at Lanier High School,” McGrath said.
McGrath discusses a personal challenge that’s he’s overcome.
“The biggest is that I go to Buford Academy for school but I play for Lanier,” McGrath said. “And every year during football season, the teasing from my football friends is tough.”
McGrath patterns his mentality after the legendary Tom Brady.
“He is a winner and leads his team on the field and off,” McGrath said. “I like it when they show him on the sidelines picking up his teammates when the offense is not on the field.”
McGrath lists science as his favorite subject in school.
“I like to experiment on things and see what happens,” McGrath said.
Williams lists the improvements that can take McGrath’s game to the next level.
“Areas of improvement would be strength and speed but those things will come as his body matured into a young man. He will have the complete package,” Williams said. “He reminds me of a young Tom Brady, a QB I have studied for years and believe is the best to ever play the game. If Brady continues to develop a love for the game, he can accomplish all he wants down the road no doubt.”
Williams believes the sky is the limit as long as McGrath continues to stay hungry.
“Potentially I believe Brady can go as far as he sets his goals and more important how his desire is to be great,” Williams said. “If he translates what he does in the classroom to the field watch out. This kid has never gotten a B in school. Always straight A’s.”
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