"We put a lot of miles on the car," McClain said on Tuesday. "It was good to see those schools though, so it was worth it the time."
On Wednesday, November 23rd, McClain's journey stopped in Louisville for the afternoon. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman spent time watching the Cardinals practice, visiting with a number of coaches and had the opportunity to sit in and observe the offensive line players meeting.
"It was a great visit," McClain said of his stop in the River City. "Louisville definately surprised me. The facilities were great and the field was awesome. I really liked that the weight program at Louisville isn't too different than mine. I'd feel more comfortable going into the weight program there because it's a lot like what I'm doing now and it has helped me so much already."
McClain had equally impressive comments regarding the offensive line film session that he was able to attend.
"That was really neat," continued McClain. "They broke every play down twice. It was great to see how much focus they spent on things and it showed by how much they dominated in the [Cincinnati] game."
In addition to his already impressive size, another benefit of receiving a commitment from McClain is the fact that he will be graduating early and anticipates enrolling in college in early January.
"It will give me a head start in school and in learning the playbook," he explained. "Getting that extra time would hopefully earn me an opportunity to get some playing time during my first year."
While McClain states that he remains open concerning his college options, it was clear that should Louisville extend a scholarship, that he'd very strongly consider wearing the Red and Black.
"Things are really looking up with Louisville," explained the four-year starter, who will receive an in-home visit from U of L next Thursday. "I talked to Coach Wolthausen tonight and he said that they are checking to see if they have a scholarship that they can use because I would come in early and it would count against last year's class."
McClain will make an official visit to Purdue this weekend and also told ITV that he will sit down this week to begin deciding on four other schools to schedule official trips with.
"I'm really open right now and some of that will depend on what offers I have," McClain said of his future visits. "Louisville and Tennessee are two schools that I like because of the program that they have. I also like Marshall because of the education program that the school has and that's what I want to study."
Be sure to remain logged on to InsidetheVille.com to find out if Louisville extends a scholarship before or during its in-home visit with McClain.