Many Coaches Have Discovered LB Prospect

A talented in-state football prospect talks recruiting.

Decatur, Ala.--One of the more interesting 2007 football prospects in the state of Alabama is Decatur High School's Rolando McClain.

A chiseled 6-3 1/2, 234-pound linebacker who is productive between the white lines on Friday nights, virtually every football program in the SEC is recruiting McClain.

When he walked onto the football practice field in Tuscaloosa for the Combine, dozens of eyes of college coaches were checking out the impressive looking player who will be a senior this fall.

With early scholarship offers from more than 10 colleges, including in-state programs Auburn and Alabama, he heads into the summer secure in knowing that he will have a variety of choices when it comes time to select his college destination.

"Right now I am planning to go to one-day camps at Alabama and Auburn," McClain says of his summer plans. "I also might go to a camp at LSU."

Offensively, he plays tight end for Decatur High and does it well. He had 29 receptions for 545 yards as a junior.

Defensively, he was highly productive as a junior linebacker with 104 tackles, four sacks, a pass interception, one fumble recovery and he caused three fumbles.

He should have his choice of which side of the ball he wants to play on in college and he says he already knows where he wants to be. "I would like to play linebacker," he points out.

McClain notes he is glad he participated in the event. "The combine was good," he says. "I ran a 4.75 40 into the wind. It was a good combine with a lot of good competition. I also got to meet a lot of people who will be playing against me this season."

McClain had a 31.2-inch vertical jump and leaped nine feet, one inch in the standing broad jump. After that he participated in pass coverage drills and says he enjoyed that part of the combine, too. "It is always good for me to do drills and improve my footwork," he notes.

The impressive athlete will go into his senior season with two years of starting experience on the football field and he has also started for two years for the Decatur High basketball team.

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