It was a big risk for McClinton to leave Spring Valley and take on the elite talent that Hargrave has and the tough opponents they play on their schedule. He had this to say about his transition and success at Hargrave, "Was I surprised? Not really football is football no matter where you are. I wasn't worried about it at all. The first week it was hard, but now it's kind of easy to me. I've adjusted well."
McClinton saw a great deal of success for Hargrave and he talked about his most memorable game this year. "My best game had to be against VES. They were ranked number one in the state and I had 13 tackles with a fractured wrist. I played with a fractured wrist the last four games and still made All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State."
While in Virginia many aspects of McClinton's game improved but he touched on the facets of his game that he felt improved the most. "I'd have to say definitely my speed and quickness improved the most, because this year I've played inside linebacker, outsude linebacker,and even safety because they needed me there because of an injury."
That success has translated into some new schools showing strong interest in McClinton since we last spoke to him. "I'm hearing the most from Syracuse, Illinois, North Carolina,and Southern Miss. Maryland is probably the school recruiting me the hardest right now though. I have talked with coach Seamonson a lot here lately. I've sent film to a lot of schools so after the bowl games I know I will get a lot of feedback. I sent my highlight film out and I've been getting a lot of handwritten mail and hearing from a lot of schools ever since."
Still with no "official" offers McClinton is confident that will change soon. "Maryland is very close I think. Schools are checking on my test scores. They have just been telling me to be patient. Coach Seamonson loved my film and he wants to offer me as soon as possible. He's just telling me to be patient and it will come soon."
Grant's good friend and fellow 2008 prospect Richland Northeast LB Chaz Washington recently decided that he will attend Hargrave Military next year in order to improve his grades and skills on the field to draw more interest than he received at RNE. "Yeah I talked to Chaz the day after Christmas and we talked about it. I was just telling him it's very different but something that he can do. I told him the expectations they're gonna have for him and things like that."
As of now Grant says he'll probably wait until Signing Day to make a final decision and that decision will be based primarily on where he feels the most comfortable. For the very latest on Grant McClinton and all the scoop in regards to South Carolina high school recruiting keep it locked right here with SCPrepNation.com.