McLean Back in College Park

Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) junior defensive end Adam McLean was back in College Park last weekend for the Maryland-Boston College game. The elite recruit once again had a great time despite the Terps' loss.

Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) junior defensive end Adam McLean's season didn't end how he'd envisioned, with a class 4A championship trophy in his grasp. After falling just short of the title in 2012, the Cougars looked primed to avenge that defeat in 2013, but McLean and Co. fell, 28-20, to inter-county rival Northwest in an upset last Friday night.

"What can I say? [Northwest] came out and played hard and you have to give them credit," said the 6-foot-2, 275-pound McLean, who claims 20-plus offers. "But our guys, they came out to play and they played hard. It just didn't end the way we wanted it to."

Though downtrodden by the loss, McLean was in a much better mood less than 24 hours later, when he and his friend, Wootton High receiver Trevon Diggs, trekked over to College Park, Md., to see Maryland take on Boston College. The sophomore Diggs is Terps wideout Stefon Diggs' brother and, like McLean, holds a UMD offer.

"I went down with Trevon, and we just wanted to check out Maryland football and have a good time, which we did," said McLean a day after the Terps' 29-26 last-second loss. "It was the last home game in the ACC, and that was pretty big -- for the [Terps it was] a real big deal. I thought the game was real good too. It almost went into overtime and Maryland held their own. BC had been on a roll, and they have one of the best running games out there. So the Terps did a pretty good job defending the run, and the defense was playing a good game for the most part. It was good to see."

While on campus, McLean had a chance to once again speak to a few of the coaches he's developed a close relationship with. His recruiter, Tom Brattan, has been in touch, as well as defensive line coach Greg Gattuso and head coach Randy Edsall.

"I know pretty much everybody over there," McLean said. "Coach Edsall and I talk very frequently. They always take care of me, and we've just been building that relationship. Maryland being the hometown school, it makes it better because they can really relate because they know what's up with the high schools around here. So just keep building that rapport, keep building it up."

McLean has been to multiple games at Byrd Stadium this year and considers himself a Terps fan. His former teammate, Jacquille Veii, is on the roster, and he's friends with other current Terps like Yannick Ngakoue. McLean has followed the team not only in person, but he's watched them on TV during road games as well. He said that it's a major plus that, despite the most recent loss, that the Terps are 6-5 and bowl eligible for the first time in three years.

"It's definitely a plus. I don't remember the last time they were bowl eligible," McLean said. "But I think they did a good job this year. They had a couple games that slipped away, but they had other ones like Virginia Tech that they responded. They made a good run and they've got guys coming in, both recruits and some redshirt freshmen, who are going to help the team. I just feel like they're going to do good things next season in the Big Ten. I'm excited to see what's next for them."

Before the game, McLean posted on social media that he was thinking about committing fairly soon. A day later, he stood by that comment, but his definition of "soon" wasn't "tomorrow," the next week, or maybe even the next month.

"I'd say definitely before summer workouts, sometime between now and the spring look for me to make a decision," McLean said. "If anything, if I get a chance to take a couple more visits, it might be even sooner than that."

Right now, he said there's two schools he's thinking hard about, but he wouldn't divulge what those were.

"I've got two that are in my head right now, I'm definitely thinking about making an early decision to one of them," McLean said. "I just can't say who it is; it would ruin the surprise (laughs). When I'm ready to pull the trigger, everyone will know."

Though he wouldn't go on the record with his leaders, McLean does have a few schools he wants to see in the near future. He said Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Florida State and Michigan State are all on his radar.

"Those [four schools] are sticking out; Michigan State, FSU, Ohio State, they're playing good ball," McLean said. "I'm trying to work something out where when I go down to the Under Armour All-American combine in Florida I can see Florida State, so we'll see how that goes."

As for Maryland, McLean may not be back in College Park anytime soon, but that's just because he's been there so much. Now that it's the offseason, he plans to explore programs a bit further from home.

"Maryland's so close where I can just kind of pop in, but I don't have any plans to go back real soon," McLean said. "I'll definitely stay in touch with the coaches and keep the lines of communication open, but now I just want to check out a few other places I haven't seen before."

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