Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) defensive end Adam McLean had a little more to celebrate this Fourth of July after picking up an offer from Maryland July 3.
"They told my coach they wanted to see how I did at camp and I felt like I performed well, so I was just waiting for them to make a move," McLean said. "So when my coach called me [July 3] to tell me I finally got the offer I was really excited. They said they liked my combination of power and aggressiveness and could see me playing a big role in the defense. So it definitely felt good."
Although McLean was excited about the offer, the news was somewhat tainted by just how long it took for the Terps to make a move.
"My first reaction when I found out was…finally," McLean said. "I was waiting for the offer. You know, I always say that the hometown school is something special to me, so I was a little upset because a lot of other schools came in before the hometown team.
"A lot of the guys I play with, my family and my coach just kept telling me just keep working hard and doing what you do, and I eventually got the offer."
The "hometown" factor is a big one for McLean, who said location could play a key role when he does get around to choosing a college. He said his monther and father don't want him going too far from home for college.
"The hometown factor plays big part you know." McLean said. "I have a lot of friends and family who play for Maryland and will still play for Maryland when I get there."
McLean has more than a few friends on Maryland's team, and they are all doing their part to convince the Quince Orchard pass rusher to take his talents to College Park. He said he's spoken with the likes of Yannick Ngakoue, Jacquille Veii, Levern Jacobs, Cavon Walker, Jermaine Carter, Alex Twine and West Brown after receiving the Terps offer.
"[They were all excited saying congrats and telling me to stay home, so that definitely felt good to have them supporting me," McLean said.
In particular, McLean is extremely close with Maryland's incoming freshman linebacker Ngkogue.
"Yannick is like a big brother to me, and I talked to him in particular about his recruiting experience and why he chose Maryland," McLean said. "His mom wanted him to stay home and he felt like he should put on and produce for his home town school."
McLean has made a handful of trips to College Park already and has developed a strong relationship with Maryland's coaching staff. His recruiter is Tom Brattan, and he's also in touch with line coach Greg Gattuso.
"I talked to Coach Gattsuo a lot about how I would fit in on the defense. He likes me at either defensive tackle or defensive end," McLean said. "[Gattuso] likes my aggressiveness and high motor and speed off the edge, and he likes my power and aggressiveness on the inside. So I could play either one. That is kind of the luxury of having power and speed; I can do a lot of things and I am versatile on the line. "
Now that McLean has the offer from Maryland, where to the Terps fall on his list?
"I would say right now if I had a top ten, they would be in it and I think they will probably stay there in my top 5 or top10 because of the hometown factor," McLean said. "But other then Maryland, Florida State, Nebraska, Ohio State -- those are all big schools I am liking right now too as far as the size of their program and type of ball they play."
As for the remainder of the summer, McLean said he is not sure he will make it to too many camps or combines. His mother was in a car accident and will be undergoing major back surgery.
"Right now I am not sure what my plans are," McLean said. "I feel like I nee to be here to support my mom."
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