What to Like: It is no secret in Tallahassee that two positions that need to be addressed on the recruiting trail are defensive end and offensive line. McClain has tremendous size for a rising senior and fits into Head Coach Jimbo Fisher's desire to be a 'big' team. One thing that continues to be 'standard' at FSU is bringing in big bodies and McClain should feel right at home at FSU.
McClain is explosive for his size and has shown the versatility to play inside or out on the defensive line. We love his first step and he plays with good pad level. McClain's upside will come from learning the finer points of the position.
Despite being a tremendous defensive line prospect, McClain also has a lot of upside as a potential offensive linemen down the road. He has a frame to get to 300 pounds, perhaps a little more, and he could be dominant in space with his excellent athleticism.
McClain is also very solid in the classroom and should be a relatively solid commitment. FSU has now landed Demarcus Walker from Sandalwood and is the clear leader for five-star Kain Daub from the same school.
For FSU: As mentioned both DE and OL are major needs for the 'Noles and McClain is the first big body to join the 2014 class. This is a player that is physically ready to help early in his career.
FSU signed Walker, Desmond Hollin, and Davarez Bryant in 2013 at DE, but Hollin is a JUCO, Bryant is considered a bit of a project, and Walker could end up inside down the road. McClain is a great fit as the first DE to join the class.
If he moves to the offensive line he would be part of what many FSU fans hope to be----a HUGE offensive line haul. No less than six offensive linemen will be signed and it would be very difficult to find a better athlete than McClain. The question is just how big he can get.
Summary: McClain's commitment will not surprise NoleDigest subscribers as he has been a lean for awhile. The hope would be that he is the type that attracts other top talent to join him starting with teammate Daub.
FSU has always done well in the Jacksonville area and after a few lean years the staff seems to be hitting that area hard again.
FSU has many new members of the coaching staff and it will interesting to see the types of prospects they pursue heavily (we have seen that they are willing to throw 'offers' out there).
McClain was a priority and they got him in the fold.