The night of Feb. 18 started off to be as normal as any other weeknight for Middletown (Md.) offensive tackle Will McClain. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder was heavily involved with winning basketball games and going through offseason football strength and conditioning, with little though for much else outside of school.
But at around 8 p.m. the phone rang with his high school coach, Kevin Lynott, on the line with good news.
Just moments before, Maryland offensive line coach Greg Studrawa made a scholarship offer to the rising senior.
"I was pretty excited because I thought it was coming but I had no idea it would be this soon," said McClain. "I thought it might come in the next few weeks after I made a visit down there to College Park. I mean, I was about to go to bed but after the call it took a while for me to relax."
On Feb. 19, Lynott and McClain called Studrawa back and chatted for a few minutes to confirm everything.
"He was excited and so was I," said McClain. "Coach [Studrawa] just said that he was glad that I was happy about the offer."
McClain was already planning on being on campus for the Terps‘ junior day Feb. 24, where he would had the chance to watch UMD-Syracuse game at the Comcast Center.
"I'm still not 100 percent sure, because I've my own basketball practice, but I think I can work it out to be there," McLcain said. "I really want to sit down and talk with the coaches, especially Coach [Randy] Edsall and Coach Greg [Studrawa]. I don't think I'll ever be able to pronounce his last
McClain said that he's always been a fan of Maryland -- and of West Virginia, the first school to offer him.
"Those are the two schools that I watch on TV every week," he said. "I've always liked those teams and now I have offers to both."
To date, McClain hss offers from Maryland, West Virginia and James Madison. On the verge are Arizona, Clemson, Florida State and Rutgers.
On Feb. 22, McClain plans to visit West Virginia for their junior day, and then trek back to College Park, Md., Feb. 24 for the Terps.'
"That's all the plans I have right now," said McClain, who will travel to James Madison in April. "I'm sure I'll be making some other visits for spring football and things like that."
As of now, it's still very early in the recruiting process, and McClain is wide open in terms of "favorites." There is a long way to go before he decides which school fits him best.
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