Coach discusses Army commit Andrew McLean

The Black Knights received their 2nd commitment for the 2013 recruiting class with a verbal pledge from Andrew McLean last Wednesday. The the 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive lineman, who plays at Broomfield (Colo.) High School in the Denver metro area, took two summer trips to West Point before making his decision. His head coach, Gary Davies, believes Army is getting a good one.

"Andrew became a starter for us as a sophomore which isn't normal here," said Coach Davies. "Broomfield's a big school. His first year on varsity we used him at outside linebacker, then moved him and had him put his hand on the ground last year. He was the Northern League's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and also was named 1st Team All-State 4A as well.

"The seniors elect a junior captain ever year to carry over to the next season and Andrew was out junior captain. He's been a leader on and off the field here. He's very mature for his age, especially being young for his grade. He could have been a senior next year. He's also an exceptional student who I think will fit well into the Army lifestyle."

McLean gave his commitment to his recruiting coach, Andy Guyader. He had offers from Air Force, Wyoming, Yale, and Wofford, with Colorado State and Navy also expressing strong interest at the time. The commitment came as no surprise to his head coach.

"My son, who is also a senior, is one of Andrew's best buds," Davies said. "I think West Point is something he's wanted to do ever since he was a sophomore. He has a brother and an uncle who are both Army officers. Air Force was really high on him, but Army has been number 1 for a long time with Andrew. I think it's what he's always wanted."

Davies has seen McLean's progression as a player come full circle from youth hockey star turned football player to high profile Division 1 college recruit.

"I've seen Andrew get better, taller, and rangier," Davies explained. "Most teams now plan their schemes with dealing with Andrew in mind. He's got a great motor and can run down anybody. You're better off running right at him than away from him because his pursuit is amazing. We line him up at defensive tackle but on the inside edge looking to pass rush. It's a scheme similar to what Army runs. He's got a very explosive first step. We're expecting him to dominate this year."

The Broomfield Eagles begin fall practice on August the 13th. Last season, McLean made 108 tackles with eight sacks for a 9-3 team. After football, he ran the 4x1 relay and finished 2nd in the state with his team in the event. He also threw shot put. His best 40 time was a 4.8 at an Air Force camp. McLean wears jersey No. 58 for Broomfield football. He intends to spend his first year at USMAPS. Top Stories