While many recruits have been taking campus visits and attending camps, Middletown (Md.) offensive guard Will McClain has been content to sit back and take the process slow. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder hasn't taken a single trip since visiting Maryland back during the spring; he's still sitting on the same offers from the likes of UMD, West Virginia, Rutgers and Temple, in addition to a few I-AA suitors; and he's still maintaining a top two of the Terps and Mountaineers.
But this weekend McClain will get his second look at West Virginia. He hasn't been to Morgantown in several months, and this time he wants to get a better feel for the school's academics and the university's inner workings.
"The last time I was at West Virginia I saw the football side of things, I experienced what it was like on game day and how all the coaches were," McClain said. "But this time I want to see what the academics are like and if I'll fit there as a student. I already know the football side has a great vibe, but now I want to get the rest of it. I want to see the different majors there and how strong they are."
McClain said he's been in touch with his recruiter, Lonnie Galloway, and head coach Dana Holgorsen.
"Basically they're telling me they want me there, they need me there and how I can be a leader there," McClain said. "They talk about the great linemen that have come out of there and how I'd be a really good fit for the program. But we'll see; I'll know more about them after [this weekend]."
Is there a chance if McClain likes what he sees June 14 he could commit?
"There's always that chance -- you never say never," he said. "But it's pretty slim."
The Middletown lineman has also had consistent contact with Maryland. He just spoke to Terps offensive line coach Greg Studrawa again June 9, and he said the two chat quite often.
"It's always great chatting with Coach Stud. We talk about football, life, how everything is going," McClain said. "He's a really good guy, a good recruiter and a great coach. He obviously knows what he's talking about, and he'd be a great guy to play under.
"He told me he wanted me down there on June 28th for that big camp [Maryland] has then. And I'm seeing what my schedule is looking like, and I'm going to try and get there for that. I'm about 80 percent sure I'll make it."
McClain also has a good rapport with Terps head coach Randy Edsall. The Middletown guard has spoken to him on the phone several times as well and said UMD's headman is a "pretty cool, funny guy."
"Coach Edsall has said a lot to me recently. He's pumped me full of everything Terps," McClain said, chuckling. "But really we can talk about anything. We talked about softball one time; I don't even know how that came up. I have a really good relationship with him."
McClain said both the UMD and WVU staffs are pushing for him to commit. He said each staff wants him badly and would rather him jump on board sooner rather than later.
"But right now I'm sticking to the plan, and that's to commit in August or around there. There's always a chance [the decision date] can move up or be pushed back, but the idea now is mid- to late-August," McClain said. "I'll know more after I take this visit to West Virginia [June 14]. After that I'll sit down with my family and make some firmer decisions on my timeline."
McClain also mentioned that it's difficult to separate Maryland and West Virginia right now, and he truly sees them as "50-50." He admitted those are basically the only two schools he's considering, although there's a shot Virginia could get involved. McClain said the UVA staff told him if he came to a camp there's a chance he might pull a scholarship, but "I'm not sure if I'm going to go down there or not. I don't know."
All in all, McClain doesn't seem all that concerned or stressed about the process. He said he's looking forward to working out with his team four times a week this summer, in addition to taking two vacations to Ocean City, Md., and Myrtle Beach this summer.
"It should be a good summer. I'll take a couple vacations, go on a couple college visits and just be working out," McClain said. "I know I want to have my [college] decision made before the season, so we'll see what happens between now and then."
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