The 6-foot-3, 280-pound McLean was named the most valuable lineman in the Next Level Nation Five-Star Showcase in Hyattsville after dominating in drills at the defensive lineman position on Sunday, in a combine that featured some of the top players in the area. McLean has also picked up numerous offers in the past three weeks, including one from Notre Dame last week.
“I was really excited. It’s a great academic school. They have great football there,” McLean said of the Irish. “It’s really good. If you get an offer from Notre Dame…it’s the top of the top right there.”
McLean, who has cemented himself as one of the country’s top junior prospects this winter and picked up an offer from Alabama on National Signing Day, has also added offers from Texas A&M, Tennessee and Ohio State in the past month. He now has more than 30 offers, and the list in expected to grow in the coming months for McLean, who unlike earlier this fall, hasn’t narrowed his list after the latest influx of offers.
“I’m still wide open,” McLean said.
McLean was officially invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his performance in the combine Sunday. He competed in bag drills, exposure drills and tire-flips; and McLean later competed in one-on-one drills against some of the area’s top offensive linemen.
It was just the latest offseason step for McLean, one that has included competition in the Under Armour All-America Bowl underclassmen combine in January. It also included the loss of his coach at Quince Orchard, Dave Mencarini. The longtime Cougars’ coach announced in February that he was stepping down at the Gaithersburg school to move to the same position at Urbana in Frederick County.
“I know he has to do it for his family…. He’s a fantastic coach and a great person,” McLean said. “I think we’ll continue to have a relationship.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 18
The number of points scored by Calvert’s Endia Butler and Daijha Thomas in the final four minutes of Saturday’s 2A South region final come-from-behind victory against Largo.
– All-Met Nicole Floyd helped lead her team on a 16-0 run late in a win against Bethel Saturday, which landed Stonewall Jackson in the Virginia 6A title game.
– Dominique Tham posted 26 points and 22 rebounds Saturday against Henrico, but Wakefield’s terrific season came to end against the defending state champs.
– Magruder’s girls’ basketball team had won just 17 games in the past three seasons entering this season, but it continued its magical season with a win over Kennedy in the Maryland 4A West region title game Saturday.
– Churchill’s Hunter Sutton headlined Saturday’s Maryland state wrestling championships, winning his third state title in an emotional match in College Park.
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Boys Basketball: No. 8 Clinton Christian vs. No. 9 Riverdale Baptist, 7:30 p.m. at DeMatha
The Maryland Private School postseason basketball tournament concludes with what should be a high-octane, and familiar, final. The Crusaders (29-9) own two close wins earlier this season over the Eagles (22-8), who beat Riverdale Baptist last week in the Capital Beltway final and reached the inaugural title game with wins over top-ranked Bullis and DeMatha.