Offensive Line, Class of 2022
Lord Botetourt, Daleville, VA
For the first two and a half games this season, Hunter McLain played defensively at nose guard for Lord Botetourt (Va.). It was that third game, however, a win over William Byrd (Va.), that has completely changed his outlook, both for his high school and for his recruitment.
It was during that game that Rivals250 right tackle Gunner Givens left with a knee injury in the third quarter. McLain was called to replace Givens, and the replacement’s presence was felt on the ensuing play.
“I remember that first offensive play of the season,” McLain said. “I took a guy to the sideline and pancaked him.”
That play is now on McLain’s early-season highlight film, which began to circulate to various college football coaches this week. The response has been about as quick as McLain’s impact on that first play. Over the past three days, he’s received his first scholarship offers, from Kentucky, Iowa State and UMASS. The increasingly in-demand class of 2022 prospect is not only an integral part of the Lord Botetourt offense, but also just getting rolling in his recruitment.
“Really, I’d like to be close to home, honestly,” McLain said. “And just how they get their players to the next level after college. Just looking at how you treat your players and what you’re going to do for then.”
And in line with that wish list, McLain said he’s hoping his hometown Virginia Tech will join the offer line. He’s been in steady contact for a while now, mostly with a pair of assistant coaches.
“I usually talk to Coach (Adam) Lechtenberg a good bit,” McLain said. “We stay back and forth. Coach (Vance) Vice, I’ve been in contact with him more than in the last few years. He’s been debating on my junior film and waiting to see the player I become this season for an offer.”
McLain said he’d gladly welcome a move from the Hokies.
“I would absolutely love it, honestly,” he said. “That would be amazing. That’s definitely one of my top three schools. Virginia Tech, just the environment and everything, that’s definitely a place I’d want to go. Just how close it is and stuff like that.”
For now, though, McLain has been content to stay in contact with Lechtenberg and Vice. Both have let him know they continue to evaluate him.