Linebacker Cameron McGrone of Indianapolis is expected to sign his national letter of intent with Michigan this week during the early signing period. McGrone is rated as a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite. He committed to Michigan on July 31 and has accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
Meet Cameron McGrone
Michigan has former commit Emil Ekiyor to thank for getting Cameron McGrone. Michigan coaches asked Ekiyor if there were any other players they should be on the lookout for in the Indianapolis area. McGrone’s name quickly came out of Ekiyor’s mouth. The two have never been teammates ― Ekiyor played at Cathedral High School and McGrone a couple miles away at Lawrence Central ― but are close friends. McGrone suffered an ACL tear in last game of the regular season in 2016 but returned in plenty of time for his senior campaign.
Lawrence Central coach Bill Peeples said he had to hold McGrone back during summer workouts out of fear McGrone was pushing too hard, too fast.
McGrone pushed enough to convince Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown he was healthy, and that’s all Michigan needed to know to offer a scholarship.
Want to know about McGrone as a player? There’s one play that defined him this season. Lawrence Central had rallied from a 10-0 deficit against Center Grove on Sept. 22 to take a 14-10 lead late in the fourth quarter. McGrone got beat in coverage when he took his eye off the receiver who was his responsibility for a moment. Instead of giving up on the play, McGrone chased the receiver down, punched the ball free and his teammates recovered the ball to preserve the victory. (You’ll find it starting at 2:59 on the above highlight video).
He played inside and outside linebacker for Lawrence Central and led the team with 71 tackles, despite missing a couple of games because of injury. McGrone had 12 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 6 quarterback hurries. He was credited with 10 solo and 13 assisted tackles in the game against Center Grove.