Although he’s likely still more than a year away from making a college decision, Quince Orchard defensive tackle Adam McLean enters his junior season as the most heralded recruit in Montgomery County, and one of the most coveted players in the area. He has offers from Florida State, Virginia Tech and Nebraska, and Alabama and Notre Dame have expressed early interest in the 6-foot-0, 260-pound McLean.

Quince Orchard defensive lineman Adam McLean, who played at Avalon last year, picked up an offer from Maryland Wednesday. who (Photo courtesy of Avalon School) Quince Orchard defensive lineman Adam McLean, who played at Avalon last year, picked up an offer from Maryland Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Avalon School)

But when he received yet another offer two days ago, this time from his “hometown school,” his impending decision automatically became more difficult. Earning the offer from the Terps, who had given one Quince Orchard speedster Elliott Davis just a few days before, was a personal benchmark for McLean.

“It feels good that the hometown school finally pulled the trigger and offered me. No matter how many offers I get, from whoever, the hometown school always plays a big part in my decision,” McLean said. “I live in Maryland. You know, my family wants me to stay close to home…it was definitely a good thing to get that.”

The offer comes after McLean attended a one-day camp at Maryland last week. McLean has always been a regular on campus, he said, from getting to know the coaching staff to hanging out with players. That the school is already woven into his past hasn’t been lost on him.

“Before the offer, before the recruiting stuff,” McLean said, “I did have a good relationship with those guys.”

In the meantime, McLean expects schools to continue to visit Quince Orchard and inquire. It’s a part of the football culture there, and he’s had recruiters from Nebraska to Rutgers to Michigan State inquire about him on the Gaithersburg campus. And that’s even before he has stepped onto the field for the Cougars, the two-time returning 4A state runner ups. McLean played his sophomore season at Avalon, and briefly transferred to Friendship Collegiate this winter before transferring back to Montgomery County and Quince Orchard.

Since that point, McLean has been working on schemes in spring and summer drills with the Cougars while watching his recruiting stock skyrocket. On Tuesday, he was just relieved to have a school close to home enter the picture.

“I never would’ve thought that those schools would actually come and be interested in me and want me to play ball for them,” McLean said. “It’s been crazy.”

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