With three Maryland 4A title game appearances in the past six years, Quince Orchard has become the standard bearer for Montgomery County high school football.
Along the way, the Cougars have produced a steady stream of major college prospects during Coach Dave Mencarini’s tenure at the Gaithersburg school, including All-Met performers Bani Gbadyu, Zach Kerr, Terrence Stephens, Jason Ankrah, Travis Hawkins, Alex Twine and Marcus Newby.
Adam McLean, a sophomore transfer defensive lineman, appears poised to continue the trend for Quince Orchard next season.
“I expect to make a big impact,” McLean said last week. “Talking to my coaches and my team, there’s a good level of expectation that I’m [going to be] held up to.”
McLean already holds scholarship offers from Florida State and Nebraska according to Mencarini and this week added offers from Virginia Tech and Old Dominion. Update: N.C. State extended an offer Wednesday afternoon.
Many more Football Championship Subdivision offers are expected to follow. Last week alone, scouts from Toledo, Iowa, Rutgers, Michigan State, N.C. State, Marshall and Syracuse made visits to the Quince Orchard campus to inquire about McLean.
“I’ve been getting a decent amount of schools that come down to see me,” he said. “I’ve been hearing a lot of other things from some schools, too.”
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound standout began his high school career playing varsity football at Avalon. He left the Gaithersburg private school earlier this year and took classes this spring at Friendship Collegiate, but after moving in with an aunt in the District, McLean left the public charter school in Northeast to return to Montgomery County.
At Avalon, McLean became a team leader. He finished 2012 as the Black Knights’ third-leading tackler and led the team in tackles for losses.
“Adam is a great player,” said Avalon head coach Tad Shields. “He has great physical abilities. He played both ways for us but I think his talent is on the defensive side of the ball. He has all the tools.”
“The thing that stands out to me is how hard he plays,” said Mencarini. “He plays really, really hard. I expect him to be a national recruit.”
McLean participated in the Rivals Camp in Richmond, Va. last month and was one of the top performers, finishing in ninth place overall among defensive players. The camp included top national recruits such as Da’Shawn Hand, Tim Settle and Jalen Tabor among others.
“I felt like I gave it my all,” said McLean. “I got a clear view on how I stacked up with some of the top guys in the country.”
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