|55 Garrett McGhin|
Projected to transition into a full-time starting role as a sophomore in 2016 … Will open preseason workouts penciled in as the Pirates’ top left guard, but versatility could also allow play at the tackle slot, a position that offers familiarity (2015) … Could also gain additional snaps as a blocker on special teams for second-straight year depending on offensive utilization … Work ethic, attention to fundamentals and technique immediately caught the attention of new coaching staff, especially line mentor Geep Wade … Was selected as the most improved offensive player at the conclusion of spring workouts in 2016 … Continues to display impressive agility skills and quickness despite 6-foot-6, 307-pound frame … Significant increases in strength numbers during the off-season was lauded by coaches … Earned “excellent” rating during spring testing period, ranking among unit’s top 10 percent in the power clean (328 pounds) and three-cone drill (7.65) … Also completed 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press (overall top lift of 405), had a back squat of 540, a push jerk of 301 and a 55” shot put toss.
2015: Earned first collegiate letter as a redshirt freshman … Played in all 12 contests, primarily as a blocker on various special teams squads and as a reserve lineman …Made collegiate debut against Towson (special teams).
2014: Redshirted as a true freshman in the Pirate program … Contributed efforts on the offensive scout team to help prepare defensive line during game week … Signed with ECU in February.
High School: Starred as the Seminole’s starting tackle as a senior for coach Jarrod Hickman … Also experienced action as a tight end, recording a pair of catches for 12 yards to help FSHS to an 8-5 record in 2013 … Rated among the top 140 offensive tackle prospects nationally … Reportedly turned in a time of 5.49 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.97 clip in the 20-yard shuttle, a 21.6” vertical jump, a power throw of 33.5 and a SPARQ rating of 54.57 according to ESPN.com … Committed to ECU on Dec. 6 prior to the Pirates’ trip to the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl … Had early aspirations of possibly being a two-sport athlete at East Carolina (baseball) … Said game-day atmosphere and environment at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium played a critical role in decision to attend East Carolina.
Personal: Full name is Garrett Blaine McGhin … A communications major who earned Dean’s List status for work in the classroom.