Dave McClain was one of the prize recruits in Greg Schiano's 2005 recruiting class. The 6'4"-320lbs OL received numerous honors including first-team All-State in Pennsylania, first-team All-Area by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and being named to the Superprep All-American team.
McClain was able to graduate high school in 3 1/2 years and is now enrolled at Rutgers. Since he enrolled during the middle of recruiting season, beside weekends, the only coach that he saw was Jay Butler - Rutgers Strength and Conditioning Coach. Coach Butler got him introduced to the weight training program. In addition to the weight training program, McClain was introduced to the winter conditioning program which involved a lot of running, various speed drills to increase the player's explosive power and endurance. During his final two years of high school, McClain had the advantage of a personal trainer. As a result, the rigorous Rutgers Strength and Conditioning program was not a total shock to his system.
Currently, McClain is working
at the offensive guard position which is a position that he played in his sophomore
and junior years in high school. Although McClain appears to be a mild-mannered
guy, he stated the interior line appeared to match his physical nature. However,
he does not expect a move to center to be in his future. That honor will probably
belong with his fellow classmates Ryan Blazczyk or Darnell Stapleton.
Since McClain entered school early, he and Jonathan Pierre-Etienne will take a leadership role in the class. Along with a clear leadership mentality, there is no doubt that McClain has success on his mind for Rutgers and himself. When asked whether anyone questioned him on selecting Rutgers from his list of suitors, McClain stated that the answer will be seen in four or five years. He stated that it would be great to be the first class to take Rutgers to a BCS bowl.