By Joseph Hayes
It was a special day for everyone in the Blue Water Area.
For four years, Braiden McGregor showed off an immense level of talent that often resulted in the finest colleges from around the country visiting the area to display interest in his athletic ability.
On Wednesday at Port Huron Northern High School, that all culminated with McGregor signing a letter-of-intent to attend the University of Michigan on an athletic scholarship.
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“I’m so thankful for the community,” McGregor said. “People have been there for everything. My family and friends and my coaches have been there for me and even the people who doubted me. They brought a lot out of me.
“I’m happy for all of the attention that was brought to the community and the people who will be able to play college football from here in the future.”
McGregor graduated early from Port Huron Northern and will early enroll at the University of Michigan in January. He continues to rehab from a knee injury he suffered late in the season against Port Huron High School.
Before he enrolls in college, he will participate in festivities associated with the Under Armour All-America Game for the top seniors in the country on Thursday, Jan. 2nd in Orlando, FL.
He will also have the opportunity to take part in some of University of Michigan’s festivities associated with their bowl game against the University of Alabama on Jan 1. in the Citrus Bowl.
“They gave me options on what I wanted to do,” McGregor said. “I can come down and come to practices. I’m Blessed to be able to stay with my parents for part of the time and my grandparents for the other part of the time.
“Michigan is allowing me to come to any practices I want to go to and hang with them at night.”
But on Wednesday at Northern, it was all about looking back at what McGregor had accomplished as a Huskies player. He made a name for himself on the football field and also enjoyed success as a basketball player, hockey player and on the lacrosse field.
“Football was my main focus after my sophomore year,” McGregor said. “But before that, it was on hockey. I had been playing since I was three years old. I played in Detroit for a lot of years and my main motivation was to play college hockey at Michigan.
“Like JJ Watt, was a hockey player who became a football player. I wanted to focus on something like that transition. It’s amazing how God has Blessed me.”