Robert McClain Hopes to Make an Early Impact

Robert McClain, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound athlete from Patuxent High School, in Lusby, Md, has given a verbal commitment to play for the Huskies and as a multi-positional talent, he could definitely see some early playing time.

McClain flew under the radar all year despite his play at running back, wide receiver and defensive back. He was also a special teams star returning five kick-offs and one punt for scores during his senior season.

"UConn came in on me around the end of December," McClain said. "It took them four days after receiving my film to make me an offer. It was a blessing; it was the one school I wanted to offer. It is a school that I feel really comfortable with and there are even a couple of players from my conference that have also given commitments (Shawn Lemon, Anthony Davis). I knew if they offered then that is where I would go."

McClain, who was also being heavily recruited by Penn State, Akron, Marshall, Delaware and James Madison enjoyed the time he spent on campus during his official visit.

"I went up the first week of January -- it was a great trip. They built a new football complex that will be great for the future of the program and they made me feel really comfortable while I was there. My host (Dennis Brown) was a real straight forward and let me know how the program worked."

McClain will be coming in with two players from his own conference, but he has a long-standing connection to one of the Huskies most important players, Terry Caulley. Caulley also suited up for Patuxent HS, and he helped McClain see the positives of the program.

"Terry helped me to realize how good the program will be. He pointed out that they have a young offensive line and they are only going to get better each year. I could have the chance to come in and play behind an experienced line that could be great in the future."

McClain is being brought in as a running back, but he has the ability to play defensive back as well.

"They said if it does not work out for me at running back, then I will be able to play defensive back. They also said if the starting corner gets hurt and they need me, then I could play there. I also think that I could see some time early on as a return man," McClain said.

McClain finished the year off with some astounding stats and post-season accolades.

On offense, McClain rushed for 1,113 yards and eight touchdowns and added four touchdowns and 458 yards catching the ball out of the backfield and scored four touchdowns to go along with 458 receiving yards.

On defense, McClain racked up 53 tackles, six interceptions and broke up 19 passes. More impressive may have been his special teams play, where he ran back five kick offs and a 98-yard punt for scores.

After compiling those statistics, it is no wonder he garnered All State, All Met, and All Conference honors.


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