Amid the chaos during National Signing Day Wednesday morning, Quince Orchard‘s Adam McLean had an important call to make. He was notified by an Alabama assistant coach that someone on the Crimson Tide staff wanted to speak with him, McLean said, and when the blue-chip defensive tackled called the number provided, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban picked up on the other end of the line.
Then Saban then offered McLean a scholarship.
“He wanted me to be the first person they offered… on Signing Day,” McLean said. “I actually cried. I cried because at this time a year and a half ago, I couldn’t see any of this…. I just couldn’t see this picture.”
McLean may have to rethink his college choices after slimming down his list just two weeks ago. Within the past week he has picked up offers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and now Alabama, which he said put him “at a loss for words.”
McLean said he intends to reshape his list of top schools, and his first priority will be visiting South Carolina this weekend. He leaves for that trip Thursday night, and there could be more soon. He said that he wants to visit Alabama, Florida and Michigan State at some point in the near future.
A first team All-Met in 2013, McLean has been a highly-coveted recruit for some time. He bounced around as a sophomore, playing at Avalon in 2012 before transferring to Friendship Collegiate and then Quince Orchard within a four-month span last spring. He’s found a comfortable home with the Cougars, though, as McLean was a dominant force in Montgomery County 4A this season. He was a key piece for the Cougars’ stellar defense, which pitched five shutouts and held opponents to 6.7 points per game. McLean recorded seven sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 47 total tackles in helping Quince Orchard to the Maryland 4A state quarterfinals.
McLean’s recruiting process took another step in January, when he performed well at the Under Armour All-American underclassmen combine in Florida. It certainly reached a new level on Wednesday, when he shared the spotlight with hundreds of seniors making their college decisions official across the area.
“A bunch of people doubted me, and told me I couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t do it. I worked my tail off since then,” McLean said. “This is just like a dream come true. To just even be able to speak to a prestigious coach like Nick Saban, it’s just unreal. It’s something kids dream of day in and day out.”
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