Ft. Campbell pair attracting national attention

Close friends and teammates Marcus McClinton and Gabe Wallace are two of the most sought after players in the Bluegrass State in 2003.

Marcus McClinton and Gabe Wallace of Fort Campbell High School are busy with spring practice and reading mail. Both players are receiving frequent contact from programs around the country.

Marcus McClinton (6'2, 200), who moved to Ft. Campbell from Milwaukee just prior to the start of his junior year, plays both wide receiver and safety for Ft. Campbell, but will most likely line up on the defensive side of the ball in college.

As a junior, McClinton racked up impressive numbers and garnered numerous accolades for his performance. He pulled in 32 receptions for 632-yards, carried the 28 times for an additional 189-yards and scored 15 touchdowns. Defensively he recorded 108 tackles and 6 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.

He was named Leaf-Cronicle All-Area MVP, All-State Honorable Mention, Kentucky New Era All-Grid 1st team and Western Kentucky Conference 1st Team.

Louisville, Auburn, Kentucky, Michigan, Cincinnati, Colorado, Duke, West Virginia and Michigan State are a few of the schools that are making frequent contact with McClinton. Kentucky is the lone program to extend an offer so far, but many more should soon follow.

"I like Kentucky, but I will keep all my options open," said McClinton, who was impressed with UK assistant Joker Phillips. "I'd like to make [my decision] early, maybe before the season starts."

McClinton, who has all ready made unofficial visits to Louisville and Kentucky, will be on hand at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for this years Spring Game.

Teammate Gabe Wallace, who lines up at linebacker and fullback for Ft. Campbell, will join him for the unofficial visit.

Wallace (6'1, 225), who has been equally impressive on the field, was also honored numerous times for efforts as a junior.

He was named All-State Honorable Mention, Kentucky New Era All-Grid 1st team, Leaf Cronicle All-Area 1st team and Western Kentucky Conference 1st team after totaling 92 tackles and rushing for 482-yards on 54 carries.

Wallace is hearing from Louisville, Michigan State, Memphis, Kentucky and Tennessee regularly. He has yet to receive an offer, but when asked if he has any current favorites, Gabe responded, "Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisville."

He said of Louisville, "I like the way they play and they should better this year than they were last year."

He had a similar comment about Kentucky. "I started watching them more last year," said Wallace. "They got pretty good."

Like McClinton, Wallace could also make an early decision.

"I was talking to Marcus the other day about it," said Wallace. "We were thinking that when we both get [an offer] from the same place that we make go ahead and [commit]."

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