Just two games into the Maryland high school football season, Quince Orchard’s Adam McLean has received more attention on the field than ever before. That was wildly apparent in the Cougars’ season-opening win over Clarksburg, when the 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive tackle faced relentless double and triple teams, to the point that the Coyotes were “creating a pocket” around McLean.
“We have film after every game. I’m seeing things that I definitely need to work on,” McLean said. “I’m pretty comfortable with where I’m at, but there’s always room for improvement.”
Away from the field, McLean is continuing to receive plenty of attention, too. He picked up three more scholarship offers in the last two weeks, including offers from Syracuse and Pittsburgh last week. He also received an offer from Ole Miss earlier this month, pushing his total to 15. He also has offers from Maryland, Florida State and Nebraska, among others.
The offers from Pitt, Syracuse [“They’re a good school…I could come in and make an impact early"] and Ole Miss [“It’s SEC ball, that’s always big-time"] all intrigue McLean, he said. All three offer strong academic opportunities, which is “50 percent” of the deal when making his decision. He said making a visit to Pitt is definitely in his plans, because of the proximity. The physical brand of football played there fits McLean’s profile, he said – and his former Avalon teammate Rachid Ibrahim plays there as a freshman running back. He received the offer from Pittsburgh Thursday morning, hours before Quince Orchard’s game against Whitman. He had to separate his emotions.
“Right when 2:30 hit, when we got out of school, you know, the scholarship offer it got put on hold. It was time to get focused, mentally prepared,” McLean said.
McLean had three tackles and three deflected passes in the win over the Vikings. He’s still getting acclimated to the team after transferring to the school last winter, he said, but there’s no denying that the Cougars defense has looked sharp the first two weeks. Quince Orchard has allowed just seven points in those games, and held Whitman to 110 total yards.
As for the recruiting front, McLean is not tiring of the love. He’s genuinely excited with each and every school that offers, no matter the size, prestige or the realistic nature of him attending the school, he said. Each offers a new beginning, even though a decision gets closer and closer by the day.
“They’re not just scholarship offers, they’re a blessing,” McLean said, “Because their are so many kids that would love to be in my shoes, so many kids who don’t have this opportunity, they don’t even have the opportunity to play football. So any opportunity that I get, it don’t matter if it’s big or small, I feel like it’s a blessing.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 3
The number of times Wilson was turned back inside the opposing 20-yard-line during the second quarter of Friday night’s game against Anacostia. The Tigers overcame the misfortune, however, as Larry Frazier rushed for 143 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 30-14 win.
— A slew of Montgomery County football games will be made-up Monday after being rained out Friday, creating a short week of rest and preparation for some – and a possible competitive disadvantage.
— Bowie and Westlake were both forced to forfeit games this weekend after the teams were suspended for an on-field fight the week before.
— The Public Charter School Board is reviewing the eligibility of four football players at Friendship Collegiate after the DCSAA requested an investigation late last month.
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Football: Wootton at Bethesda Chevy-Chase, 3:30 p.m.
After torrential rain Thursday night pushed the game back four days, both Wootton and Bethesda Chevy-Chase look to go 2-0 in a key Montgomery 4A South matchup. The Patriots are led by running back Daqwan Hill (129 yards in an opening win over Walter Johnson) and sophomore receiver Trevon Diggs, but they meet a Barons defense that forced three turnovers and a scoreless second half in a 25-15 win over Churchill in their season opener.