Shane McGroarty, Mehlville offensive lineman has committed to play his college footall at Tennessee-Martin after drawing multiple offers and lots of interest from various programs.
At 6’4, 285-pounds, McGroarty is a physical player who brings mental toughness and leadership on the field.
Although the Panthers are off to a tough start after a 49-19 week 1 loss to Francis Howell, McGroarty said the team is still learning and finding its way.
“We are a young team with a lot of talented athletes,” he said. “I have seen the young guys get better every practice, as a senior I want to lead by example and help the underclassman as much as possible.”
He spent much of the offseason training at Elite Football Academy working on his craft with an emphasis on footwork, technique, and overall speed and agility.
McGroarty began playing football in fifth grade at Kirkwood then played for the Mehlville Jr Panthers from sixth to eighth grade.
He says his parents and coaches he has played for have had the biggest influence on his football career to date.
“My parents have always supported me in everything I do,” he said. “I feel I have always learned something from every coach I’ve played for.”
A fan of NFL offensive lineman Joe Thomas, McGroarty said he appreciates his leadership and physical play.
“He (Thomas) is a physical player with great technique,” McGroarty said. “He is definitely a leader for his team on the football field.”
McGroarty drew interest from several schools before his commitment and held offers from Murray State, McKendree University, Benedictine College and Culver-Stockton College.