"I decided to commit to Rutgers," said the 6-foot-5, 321 pounder who was a standout at the Hofstra MSL Combine. "There were plenty of reasons. In the end it came down to Rutgers and Purdue. We sat down and compared the two on a lot of different things, coaching staff, how close it was to home, the facilities, the support of the fans, and academics was the biggest thing.
"As far as academics, they are both prestigious programs. My major is going to be education and I felt that Rutgers just barely edged Purdue in education because they are in the state of New Jersey and they certify their teachers. In New Jersey, I have come to learn it is hard to be certified in New Jersey, and then basically I could teach anywhere in the country that I want."
"As far as the coahing staff, out of all the coaching staffs I have met, I have never met a nicer, more motivated head coach than Coach Schiano at Rutgers. I was able to talk to him not as a father figure, but more as a brother figure. It just seemed like an approachable coach like that is one I would like to have for the next four or five years."
McClain said that the offensive line coach and the strength coach combination really made an impact. The youth of the Rutgers program also made a big impression. McClain, who will enroll in the next week at Rutgers, said his chance to play early also helped.
"Basically, they said as soon as I come in there, I am in the front row. It is up to me if I stay there or I go back. It is going to be a lot of work. I'm not going to be able to go in there and be as strong and as fast as these lineman in there now, and that is why I am graduating early."
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