Middletown Coach on Newest Terps Offeree

Mid-Afternoon Feb. 18, Middletown High School football coach Kevin Lynott chatted with Terrapin Times about his rising star offensive lineman Will McClain and his current offer from West Virginia. By the evening of Feb. 18 Maryland pulled the trigger and made an offer as well.

Mid-Afternoon Feb. 18, Middletown High School football coach Kevin Lynott chatted with Terrapin Times about his rising star offensive lineman Will McClain and his current offer from West Virginia. By the evening of Feb. 18 Maryland pulled the trigger and made an offer as well. Now, it seems like the floodgates are fully open for McClain at the FBS level.

A couple of weeks ago, the most exciting thing on the 6-5 290-pound McClain's mind was helping the Middletown Knights basketball team stay in contention for a birth in the playoffs. These days he's juggling two major college football offers, basketball games, preseason football workouts and the possible barrage of college coaches on the verge of wanting his attention. .

Lynott and McClain are no strangers to the recruiting process, however. Since Lynott has now won four Maryland State Football championships, college football coaches are enjoying his yearly talent pool. .

As for his most recent Division I recruit, besides the Terps and the Mountaineers, Lynott said several others are close to making offers.

"Arizona, Florida State and Clemson are real close," said Lynott. "I don't know if the Arizona thing will pan out because we're on the East Coast, but the Tigers and Seminole programs know us very well." .

Lynott indicated that East Carolina, Rutgers and James Madison are also in the fold right now with McClain. .

"They all know that he's a very versatile athlete," he said. "I think that he can plan center, guard and tackle at the Division I level. He moves very fluently and he can stop and cut on a dime. But, what I really like is his explosion off of the ball and his quick feet. He is a finisher and is always down field making blocks." .

McClain doesn't have your typical, "in the trenches" mentality -- he can catch the football too. When he was brought up to the varsity as a sophomore, he played scout team tight end.

"It was not all about the blocking," said Lynott. "He can catch the ball and run too. He sometimes tells me to run the tackle eligible in games." .

Unlike most high school offensive linemen who get away with poor technique, McClain is a natural at playing with low pad level. .

"He's got some of the best footwork and the quickest hands I've seen," Lynott said. "He's a natural at keeping his feet apart and that's why he can get down hill often making blocks in the secondary." .

Since Greg Gattusso has left the Terps for Albany State, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has taken the most interest among the staff for McClain. .

"I've talked with coach Edsall a lot about Will," Lynott said. "The new coach [Greg Studrawa] has called too, but it's mostly been coach Edsall right now." .

McClain jokes about not being much of a contributor on the basketball team but Lynott likes how it helps his footwork and agility. .

When the coach from James Madison came up to see McClain, it only took a couple of minutes watching his basketball game to think the Middletown lineman was something special. .

"He looked at me and said that Will was going to be on everybody's list because of how athletic he is for his size," said Lynott. .

Lynott praised McClain as much for his off-the-field demeanor as he did for his football prowess.

"He's a high character kid," Lynott said. "He's one of those kids that is a leader in the school and not just on the football field or basketball court. He's a blue collar type of kid who isn't reading his name in the newspaper every week. I like to say that he's a no frills player who would rather talk about the teams wins then whatever he does personally."

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