Maryland’s blistering recruiting pace in June continued Tuesday evening with the commitment of Middletown offensive lineman Will McClain, the 12th player to pledge to the program since June 7.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound McClain is considered one of Maryland’s rising prospects at offensive tackle. He’s rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and as the state’s 28th overall prospect in the class of 2015, and was also offered by West Virginia, Rutgers and Temple.
McClain had narrowed down his top two choices to Maryland and West Virginia about a month ago, and he went back and forth between the two until Tuesday, he said.
“It’s my home team. I look forward to representing Maryland as a Maryland boy, and I just like how they’re close to home,” McClain said.
Middletown is considered one of Maryland’s best football programs, and McClain helped the Knights win their third consecutive Maryland 2A championship in December. Middletown, which has won 36 straight games, also boasted incoming Florida State freshman defensive lineman Rick Leonard on that team.
“It helped make me a better player overall, just going against that higher level of competition just made me better,” McClain said of playing alongside Leonard and other college prospects at the school. “I’m just a good overall athlete. I can help out anywhere where they need me on the line. But they’re looking at me for tackle.”
McClain is the second offensive lineman to commit to the Terps in the past 10 days, behind Ohio center Mason Zimmerman. He is also the fourth in-state offensive lineman prospect to pledge from the class of 2015, after Ellis McKennie (McDonogh), E.J. Donahue (Linganore) and Keiron Howard (Potomac).
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