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Next on our list of Hustle Belt’s Top 25 MAC players for the 2019 season is Eastern Michigan cornerback Kevin McGill Jr. (@imkevinjr_).
He joins fellow defensive back Vince Calhoun, who was our number 17 best player.
A Maryland native, McGill was rated as a two-star recruit per 247Sports, which listed EMU as his only division one offer. In fact, some believed that McGill was more of a talent as a wide receiver, a reasonable analysis given his six-foot-two, 200 lb. frame. It's safe to believe that some of those other schools are kicking themselves for missing out.
McGill, who was recently named a team captain for the upcoming season, started all 13 games for the Eagles last season after starting 11 in 2017.
McGill accumulated 38 tackles, six pass breakups, and led the team with three inceptions, which tied for second in the Mid-American Conference.
McGill had interceptions in back to back weeks vs. Central Michigan and Akron, and picked up a forced fumble on the road vs. Ball State, en route to securing second-team All-MAC defensive honors.
In 2016, as a true freshman, McGill played in all 13 games, including the Bahamas Bowl, while starting six.
McGill is racking up the preseason accolades, as Athlon’s and Phil Steele’s College Football have McGill as a preseason first team all-MAC selection.
Lindy’s Sports named McGill their eighth-best draft prospect from the MAC, calling him a “quality corner with ball skills.”
McGill has also gathered the attention of the national pro scouts, recently being named to the Senior Bowl preseason watch list. The Senior Bowl is the premier all-star showcase of senior college football talent with pro interest.
While McGill may not be the hitter that his teammate Calhoun is, he features some of the best coverage skills in the MAC. He possesses NFL-ready size and speed, and three years of experience anchoring the defensive secondary, making him an invaluable member of the EMU defense.