"I always do my homework on the teams recruiting me, and I can tell that they (ASU) are all-around a really good program. When I watch them what stood out to me the most is their intensity on defense. The way all the players fly to the ball says a lot about their coaching and how they work in practice. I want to be at a program where everybody is working hard and you can tell they are a team that works hard."
Academics are another aspect that has caught the lineman's eye when it comes to the Sun Devils.
"Coach Randolph told me that every JUCO kid he ever brought in graduated with a degree," McClain stated. "That's a big plus there because getting a degree will go a long way in the end. I'm really focused on that."
The 6-2 285-pound Jerome McClain has posted 46 tackles, three sacks and an interception for the Rangers who finished 7-2 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The defensive lineman was recently named first team all-state by the Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges.
"I play hard and never stop fighting until I get to the ball," McClain said of his skills. "I do whatever I need to do for my team and I stay in my assignments. I'm good in my run stop, but I need to work a little more on my pass rush."
McClain prepped at Pensacola (Fla.) High School along with Randall and signed during his senior year with Florida Atlantic. He enrolled at the school but was short a credit and couldn't play that season. Following that year he transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College.
The lineman is on track to graduate in December and is a two for two player in terms of eligibility. Indiana and Minnesota are some of the programs who have offered the defensive lineman McClain thus far. South Alabama, Florida International and Indiana have been recruiting him the hardest but he hasn't taken any visits to date. An official visit to ASU was discussed and is contingent on his academics.
"I need to get my transcripts to Coach Randolph," McClain explained. "If everything is OK there we will get the visit set up. With all the classes I'm taking right now I will be good to graduate in December."