Luke Maclean earned his first offer from Buffalo back in June, but is still waiting for another team to follow Buffalo's lead. He hopes that hard work during the offseason will help catch the eye of other college recruiters.
"I've got a lot of combines coming up, so I'll definitely work on getting my speed down for the coaches," Maclean said. "Really, I just want to focus on getting bigger, faster and stronger."
In addition to his offer from the Bulls, Maclean is also talking to coaches from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Penn State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Oregon, Florida State and Syracuse.
Maclean was able to take visits to Buffalo, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame this season, but he was personally invited to Georgia Tech's campus this past summer.
"Coach (Al) Groh invited me down to Atlanta this summer. I went down and I got to look around the campus with him. I went to the one day camp and I got to sit down with Coach (Paul) Johnson."
Georgia Tech is currently recruiting Maclean as an outside linebacker to his height (6-4), where as some other schools like him better as a defensive end. While it won't be a major factor in his decision, Maclean says that there is an appeal to playing in a 3-4 defense like the one that Georgia Tech employs. In fact, the ability to stand up in a 3-4 defense has been a selling point that Yellow Jacket defensive coordinator Al Groh has brought up on multiple occasions.
"Coach Groh has been pitching the fact that I can still play linebacker at Tech, which is what I have played my entire life. I wouldn't have to put my hand down like other colleges want me to. I don't mind playing defensive end, but it could be nice to not have to make an adjustment."
Maclean mentioned that he would like to have his decision out of the way before that start of his senior season so that he can fully concentrate on is final year of high school ball, and it appears that he may have already started creating a list of favorite schools.
"I guess if I had to pick a top five they would be, in no particular order, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Oregon."