The Gaithersburg, Md., Quince Orchard four-star defensive tackle has 32 offers. His 6-foot-2, 280-pound frame is packed with athleticism, one of the many reasons he's ranked as Scout.com's 11th best defensive tackle in the country.
Stars and rankings have a role in recruiting, but to some prospects, they don't matter. McLean said he's one of those athletes who isn't worried about them, which is why he decided to skip the camp and travel to University Park with Penn State Class of 2014 signees Mark Allen and Marcus Allen for the second time in two months.
"I had to re-think things and think about what I could benefit more from," McLean said. "I camped at [Under Armour] before, but I have a bunch of offers. I can only go up or down [in the recruiting rankings] and that really doesn't matter."
The trio may be joined by Lions' Class of 2015 defensive end commitment Kamonte Carter, who has yet to decide if he will attend. Either way, Penn State has at least one of the ends it will take in this class in the four-star Carter. Now, it's turned its focus to tackles.
That focus is part of the reason McLean says he keeps in regular contact with Penn State. He added the coaches, led by defensive line coach Sean Spencer but not constrained to him, do a "good job" of keeping in contact.
McLean's other Penn State visit came on Junior Day Feb. 15. This time, he'll get to see action, specifically from Spencer's line. That, he said, will benefit his recruiting process more than being in action himself.
"The last time I was there, they weren't doing any training or practicing or anything," McLean said. "I'd like to see that. I want to see how Coach Spencer works his schemes and everything like that.
"I want to see the action and stuff, and the tempo, and see what they are bringing to the table."
The junior has announced that he will make his verbal commitment Aug. 25 at his high school.