FBS Programs In Hot Pursuit Of MacLain

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In February, Eric MacLain backed away from the verbal commitment he gave to the University of Tennessee in October of 2008. MacLain, a 6-5, 240-pound junior tight end/defensive lineman prospect out of Jack Britt High School (Fayetteville, N.C.), is back in play and considering 14 FBS scholarship offers.

“The thing that stands out to me about him is how mature he is,” Jack Britt head coach Richard Bailey said of MacLain. “He looks the part, of course. He has since he was 14. He was an early developer. He is 6-5 and he has really worked on his body. He’s a good 240 pounds. He was 275 pounds as a freshman and sophomore, more of a right tackle than tight end. He is now more athletic. He has improved his feet. He has great hands. Eric could play multiple positions on the next level. He is a high character kid. He carries a 4.0 GPA.”

With a 4.0 GPA, MacLain obviously works hard in the classroom. And reshaping his body from 275 to 240 pounds shows a great work ethic on the athletic front as well.

“As I’ve grown up, I’ve gone the extra mile to be better prepared for whatever I do,” said MacLain, whose father is a Trauma Nurse in the Air Force and mother is a RN in a Labor & Delivery Unit. His father, Michael, was a Division 2 football All-American at Manchester College in Indiana.

MacLain has potential as a tight end, defensive lineman or offensive lineman on the college level.

“It depends on the system,” Bailey said. “As a tight end, he is a pro-style, play-action type. He can run drags and shallow crosses. He has the size and athleticism to get open against linebackers. He is such a great blocker and he could easily put on weight, so he could become an offensive lineman. He played defense full-time last year as an inside guy. He’ll play some defensive end this year. N.C. State likes him as a defensive lineman. Clemson has mentioned defensive line and tight end. It depends on which college coach you talk to. Eric is a can’t-miss type of guy because he could be effective at several spots.”

Following a visit to Virginia Tech yesterday, MacLain learned that he had two new offers in the fold, from Auburn and Virginia. Those two schools join Arkansas, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State,