Most schools on McHaney's short-list are recruiting him as a defensive end. Kentucky appears to be the exception to the rule. "Mostly, I'm being recruited as a defensive end, but Kentucky is recruiting me at tight end," said McHaney. McHaney doesn't lean to any one position, though. "I'll play anywhere. I just want to play," said McHaney.
Thad will have the opportunity to pick from several programs. "Louisville, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Ole Miss and Kentucky are recruiting me hardest," said McHaney. "They are pretty even right now. I'm trying to decide. I'll be more clear after a month or two when I take my officials and my ACT," said he said.
There are a couple of factors in play when McHaney makes his college choice. "The education is important. The people around the program (are important). I'm looking for somebody who can teach me about life and show me the ropes. Somebody I'd enjoy living around for four or five years," Thad said.
Last season for Brentwood Academy in Nashville (Tn.), McHaney caught only 10 passes for a single touchdown. But on defense he had 12 ½ sacks as a defensive end. "I like to use my long arms and my speed. I need to work on my strength," said McHaney. "I need to get better at reading blocks, route running and gaining leverage," he said.
McHaney is a three-star prospect and the number 50 tight end in the nation according to Scout.com.