Recruit profile: Arran MacRae

OL recruit Arran MacRae

OL recruit Arran MacRae

Biographical Info: 6’5″ 290 – Kent School [Kent, CT] & Frontenac SS [Kingston, ON]

Position: OL – MacRae has primarily played right tackle but he is capable of playing anywhere on the O-Line. A Kingston coach told me almost 3 years ago what an outstanding centre he would make. I think Guelph needs him at tackle but four years from now I can see a CFL team turning him into a centre or guard. MacRae also played some D-Line at Frontenac and Kent.

Accomplishments: MacRae was the #4 ranked player in Canada on CFC’s Top 100 pre-season list, #10 in their final ranking of 2014 prospects … received scholarship offers from two Div 1 NCAA programs … invited on recruiting trips to Mississippi State, Memphis, Nevada, Villanova and several Ivy League programs … heard from more than 30 FBS & FCS programs … played at the Kent School in Connecticut for two seasons and did not allow a sack while at Kent … was invited to tryouts for Team USA Football U-18 team … MacRae won an OFSAA Bowl championship with Frontenac in 2011 when he played RT and opened holes for RB Rob Carnegie … Marchant’s Sports magazine listed him as one of Ontario’s Top 10 OLs in 2011 … participated in Toronto FBU camp and earned an invite to the National FBU Top Gun camp in Virginia. Was coached by OL guru Jim McNally at both FBU camps … played two seasons of JV ball with the Kingston Grenadiers.

MacRae #50 leaps high to block a pass in 2011

MacRae #50 leaps high to block a pass in 2011

My Take: With four 5th-year OLs graduated the Gryphons have major holes to fill. MacRae has the potential to claim one of those positions as a freshman. Whether he starts or dresses will be determined in training camp but big things are expected from a recruit who everyone thought would be playing NCAA Div 1 football.

MacRae has quick, clean footwork for the passing game and is aggressive and strong enough to move the pile in the run game. He is just extremely athletic for a player his size. I love how he is able to dominate pass rushers keeping them at arms length and away from his body. I’d also love to know how many pancake blocks he had but they don’t keep that stat at Kent.

MacRae’s 2013 season ended early with a knee injury and surgery. It wasn’t serious as far as knee injuries go but it did scare off many of his NCAA suitors. He was fully recovered and able to play baseball for Kent in the spring. MacRae has a great work ethic and since signing in January has made multiple visits to Guelph to watch film, train and prepare for the 2014 season. I expect he will be an impact player as a freshman.

Below are MacRae’s video highlights from Kent 2012. Here are his Frontenac highlights and Kent 2013 highlights.

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