Pack Pride first profiled RB/ATH Dion McNair from Randleman (NC) High School over the summer. McNair was fresh off an impressive performance at the Shrine Bowl combine held at Ragsdale High School where he measured in at 5-11, 199 pounds and ripped off a 4.34-second 40-yard dash and 30-inch vertical leap. However, questions still lingered about McNair's health after he missed most of the 2004 season due to an ankle injury.
After the first two games of the 2005 season it would appear that McNair is well on his way to erasing those concerns. He rushed for 176 yards and three scores in basically one half of action in a 34-0 win over S Davidson in Randleman's season opener. One week later against S Guilford, the senior back rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown while snagging an interception on defense.
On the recruiting front, McNair is still waiting on that first, elusive scholarship offer. He gave Pack Pride the latest.
"My summer has been going good," said McNair. "I've been visiting some colleges and I'll be going to NC State and UNC in the next week. I'll be coming up to NC State for the Virginia Tech game.
"Right now, I would say State is showing me the most interest but they said they wanted to see my first three or four games. I really like the coaches up there and they have a strong team. Their past recruiting has been strong and I like the environment up there. I really like Raleigh. I know they've got a lot of RB's up there so they've been talking about me playing defense- most likely at safety."
Another school high on McNair's wish list is UNC and he likes the potential of the Heel's program.
"UNC is a team that's coming up," he said. "I feel like I could go up there and play RB. They beat Miami last year and I really think they're starting to come together.
"Right now, the schools I have the most interest in are South Carolina, Wake Forest, East Carolina, NC State and UNC. I'm keeping all my options open so I don't really have a leader."
McNair scored an 890 on the old SAT and plans to major in Business Management. With recruiting just now beginning to hit high gear, McNair keeps it all in perspective with his primary goal of seeing his team succeed first.
"Really, I just want to see my team do good this year," said McNair. "I hope we can make it to the playoffs and then go as far as we can. As far as myself, I'd just like to rush for 1,000 yards if I can."
After just a couple of games, McNair looks to be well on his way to topping that goal.