Gryphons land big name linebacker

If you haven’t heard of Pat McGrath, you really can’t be following amateur football in Ontario very closely.  McGrath has been considered one of the top linebacker prospects in Ontario for the past couple of years.  McGrath was a member of the 2010 Team Ontario West squad that played in the Football Canada Cup in Wolfville, NS. 

Pat McGrath is a three time OFSAA Northern Bowl champion, twice with Sault Ste Marie’s Superior Heights Steelhawks (2010 & 2011) and once with the Sir James Dunn Eagles (2009).  McGrath captained all three of those teams.  His Superior Heights head coach, Seth Cond, described him as one of “two pillars of power on our defense, without question” and an “anchor in the middle of the field all season for the Steelhawks”.  McGrath was the Defensive Player of the Year for Sault Ste Marie high school football in 2009.  He is a three time Sault All Star at linebacker.

McGrath has already played 14 seasons of football which includes four with the SSM Sabrecats of the OVFL.  McGrath began playing at the Varsity level when he was just in Grade 9.  At just 16 he became a starting linebacker for the always competitive Sabrecats.  In 2011 the 6′ 195lb McGrath finished ninth in the OVFL in defensive points with 28 solo tackles, 37 assisted tackles, two solo sacks and an interception.  McGrath credits former coach Tom Annett with being the person who pushed him the hardest to develop into the player he has become.

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