August 24th of this season kicks off the season for most South Carolina high school teams and Spring Valley kicks their season off against Fairfield Central. Grant McClinton talked about his squad and shared his thoughts about their chances this upcoming season. "I think we have improved every time we hit the field. We've had some issues that we have had to overcome, and we all have the mentality to get better everyday. We have a lot of good seniors who are also good prospects in WR Andrew Jones, DT Nick Diamond, CB Martin Sims, CB Marquis Guyton, WR Charles Lang, and OL Jordan Mosely. Coach Farr has taken over and we have bought into his system. We are going to surprise a lot of people this year because they are counting us out."
McClinton when asked about recalling his best performance thus far in his career didn't have to retrack too far. "My best game was the last game of the year even though we lost to Rock Hill. I came in late but still managed to get like 8 tackles. I also had the hit of the year in that game too. The crowd went crazy. I hit a wide receiver coming down the middle and blew him up."
His offseason has been a busy one as he's been working out hard to try and improve his abilities on the field next season. McClinton made the trip up to Charlotte for the Scout.com All-American Combine Tour earlier this year. However an aggravating groin injury kept him from peak form. The resilient linebacker though wanted to take part in most of the drills as he still wanted to compete regardless of his injury. At 6'1 213 pounds he's got good size and has been working feverishly in the weight room to try and improve. "I've been working on my strength and speed."
Despite seeing limited action last year McClinton showed enough to earn some early interest from a variety of schools early on. "North Carolina, Kentucky, Southern Miss, Vanderbilt, and Boston College started sending me letters. Out of those schools North Carolina is definitely recruiting me the hardest because they've been sending letters and talking to me since late February."
Three key factors will be important determining factors for the Spring Valley LB when it comes to making a decision. "I'll look at the depth chart, the atmosphere, and playing time."
As stated earlier he saw limited action last year. He still showed tremendous ability by making 50 tackles, 5 for a loss, and 2 fumbles forced. McClinton talked about his strengths on the field a little, "I'm a ballhawk, I'm very physical,and wherever the ball goes I'm there."
Although he hasn't hit the road yet for many visits that hasn't stopped him from making a few trips to various camps. "I've just been to a few camps and did good. At North Carolina I got a lot of praise from coach Thigpen at North Carolina. He said he likes my combination of size and speed."
A Closer Look At...Grant McClinton
Bench press max: 265
Squat max: 325
Fastest 40 time: 4.69 seconds
Vertical leap: 28"
Favorite football player: Sean Taylor
Favorite 3 musical artists: Young Jeezy, T.I., and Lil' Wayne
Your favorite movie: Next Friday
Favorite subject in school: English
Dream school: Miami or North Carolina
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on LB Grant McClinton and Spring Valley High as they prepare for next season so stay tuned.
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