Middletown offensive lineman Will McClain (Middletown, Md.) is not just a football player. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder, who holds offers from Maryland, West Virginia and James Madison, is poised to be a big-time target for many college coaches, but football is not McClain's main priority. McClain just finished basketball season and now he's focused on those who don't have all of the physical attributes that he possesses.
Somehow, in between his five days a week offseason football conditioning program, McClain is assisting with a track and field program for the physically challenged. He spends Mondays and Wednesdays helping the athletes train for their weekly track meets.
"I love it. It's a lot of fun," he said. "I just don't coach them I get out there and run with the kids, too. It's a program that is supported by my school and it's my first year helping."
While he's not putting too much emphasis on recruiting at the moment, McClain did visit Maryland twice in the last month, once for the UMD-Syracuse hoops game and the last time for the UMD-Virginia basketball game.
"The Syracuse game was fun but the Virginia game was crazy," he said. "I mean, the students running onto the court after the win. I wanted to [run onto the court], but I didn't think it was the right thing to do. So, I just watched."
McClain was on a "get-to-know" mission during his visits to College Park.
"I wanted to meet and talk with as many coaches as I could," he said. "I met coach ‘Stud' [Greg Studrawa] and Coach [Randy] Edsall. I thought they both gave me the straight story. They told me that they wanted to keep as many in state kids home for college and they wanted me to be a Terp."
"I plan to get down to a spring practice or two and hopefully the spring game, but right now I'm not sure."
McClain does not have any other firm visits planned, besides a possible trip to James Madison. West Virginia has also offered and he has already been to Morgantown, enjoying the experience.
He said he has not had too much contact with other programs, although that figures to change once the May evaluation period hits. Currently he claims no early leaders and said he's content to let the process play out, possibly through his senior season.
Like most, McClain's focus this spring is to get stronger and faster.
"I think I need to re-shape my body some and to get quicker feet, mainly my first step," he said.
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