Class of 2016 WR Marquis McClain Camps At MSU

Crestview (FL) High School class of 2016 wide receiver Marquis McClain talks about his camp experience at Mississippi State.

  • Name: Marquis McClain
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Crestview (FL) High School
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-3, 211
  • Ranking: NR
  • Schools Of Interest: Appalachian State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Purdue, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, UCF, Virginia, Wisconsin

  • McClain felt like he had a good camp, although he also felt he could have done a little better in certain aspects of it.

    "I think I did pretty good in the one-on-ones competition, but I think I can improve on the cone drills," said McClain, who ran a 4.47 forty yard dash at the MSU camp. "I didn't finish some of them like I should have. This is the first time I had done these cone drills."

    Mississippi State wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales liked some things that he saw from McClain. And he pointed them out.

    "On one of the moves in the one-on-ones I did a swim move to get back on my route and he told me good job," said McClain. "And he told me that I was doing a good job."

    McClain is a very hard worker. That was one of the main reasons he enjoyed being coached by Gonzales.

    "I like him because he pushes me," said McClain. "I definitely need to someone to push me because I think I can take my game to the next level. I haven't reached my full potential yet."

    While McClain feels like he needs someone to push him, he is very self-motivated. His work ethic proves that.

    "I have been doing a lot of practicing, a lot of stadium runs. I get up 4 o'clock every morning before school and work out," he said. "I usually get to the school around 4:30, 4:45 and usually work out until 6:45 because school starts at 7. I do it every single morning. I started doing that the first day of spring practice. And I have continued to do it. All it is for me is football and school."

    That tremendous work ethic has been very beneficial to the youngster. His large number of offers confirm that.

    "I have offers from Southern Miss, Tulane, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Purdue, Nebraska, South Florida, South Alabama and Mississippi State," said McClain.

    He received his Mississippi State offer a few weeks ago.

    "Mississippi State offered about two weeks ago," said McClain. "At first, they said that they weren't going to offer me until I came to their camp. Then, they told me that they had an offer from me. But I told them that I was still coming to their camp. I came to the camp to prove to them why they offered me and also to visit the campus, too."

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