McClain Feeling Out Options

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A few months ago, Dave McClain had made his collegiate decision. He had committed to the University of Maryland and expected to enroll there in January of 2005. But last month both parties decided to go their separate ways, leaving the 6-4, 325-pound Central Bucks South (Doylestown, PA) offensive line prospect looking for a new future destination.

“I’m wide open right now,” McClain said. “I’ve received official offers lately from Purdue, Temple and Rutgers. I haven’t decided on a top 5 yet because, when I do set a top 5, I will take my official visits to those schools. I’ll probably have to set my top 5 by the end of November because I’m going to graduate early. I’ll take my official visits in December.”

McClain is sending out senior film in hopes of attracting more offers from Division I-A schools.

“I’ve gotten a lot of phone calls over the past few weeks,” McClain said. “I’ve sent film to all of the Florida schools. I sent film to Virginia Tech. [Virginia Tech] said they’d review it and get back to me. A lot of these schools are having meetings this week or next week, so I should know something soon.”

McClain is hoping his performance last week will help his cause. He enjoyed a dominating performance, racking up 31 pancake blocks in the game. He is sending this tape to the schools he has already sent tape to. In addition to the Florida schools and Virginia Tech, McClain has sent film to Louisville, LSU and Notre Dame among others.

If Virginia Tech were to offer, the Hokies would certainly receive an official visit.

“If Virginia Tech offers, they would definitely be at the top of my list,” McClain said. “Right now, I know I want to visit Purdue. If Virginia Tech offered, I would take an official visit there. They would probably be my top school.”

An asset in Virginia Tech’s camp is McClain’s personal trainer, who Tech fans should know quite well.

“My personal trainer is [former Tech standout] Vaughn Hebron,” McClain said. “He runs his own gym. He’s helped me out a lot. He helped me drop 40-pounds from last year to this year. That’s a huge difference for me. Last year I was just a big blocker. Now, I can get up the field too.”

Academically, McClain is very solid. He carries a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1040 on the SAT.

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