McLeland is a big target for Grossmont

A former New Mexico walk-on, Grossmont WR Alex McLeland (6-4, 185) had a productive 2009 season for the Griffs. Now he's hoping his talents can draw some D-1 attention and he spoke with about what he brings to the table as well as what he did this summer to help him get better...

McLeland prepped at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego and decided to walk-on at New Mexico.

"I didn't get a lot of recruiting attention, but they liked me enough to offer me a walk-on so I took it," McLeland told recently. "After the season, coach (Rocky) Long left and I didn't think I would get much of a chance with the new staff, so I decided to come home and since Grossmont is so close, I made the decision to play and see if I could get someone interested in me."

As a redshirt freshman for the Griffs last fall, McLeland was solid, posting 15 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns. While that is a good first season, he said he's focused on having an even bigger sophomore campaign in 2010.

"I wanted to get stronger and a little faster," McLeland said. "I have a 4.6 forty and I bench 265 pounds, but I want to improve that, so I really went out and ran a lot and got in the weight room.

"It's coming along, so I think I can have a big year. I sure hope I do."

Two FCS schools -- Abilene Christian and Cal Poly -- have both shown a little interest, but McLeland said he hopes some Pac 10 schools see what he has to offer and become interested.

"I'd love to play in the Pac 10 because it's so close to home for me," McLeland said. "I grew up watching it, so it would be fun plus the offenses in the conference like to throw the ball a lot which is always a good thing."

McLeland is an excellent student and will finish his AA degree in December with two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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