Ohio State Offers Maryland Standout Adam McLean

By Jeremy Birmingham on February 18, 2014 at 2:50p

Last year, in April specifically, we ran a feature on Bethesda (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive lineman Adam McLean. At the time, McLean had two very early scholarship offers, one from Nebraska and one from eventual national champion Florida State, but he'd just been visited for the first time by Ohio State defensive co-ordinator Luke Fickell, and he felt an offer would be on its way soon.

"Coach (Luke) Fickell by came to visit me, and they told my coach that they really like me," McLean told 11W in 2013. "It was the first time I'd heard from them. They say they want me, so maybe the offer comes soon, but it hasn't come yet."

McLean, more like McRipped, amirite?
McLean had been waiting for the Buckeyes to offer.

That offer came today — McLean's 27th offer — and was delivered by new Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson; someone McLean is very familiar with.

"Coach Johnson (is who made the offer,) I've talked to him for a while," he said of the Buckeyes' line coach. "He said he would love for me to come play for him."


While Ohio State remains in the top five schools for McLean, the competition for Maryland's top player has gotten very intense. Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Pittsburgh join the Buckeyes in his top five, and the Buckeyes were the only school who had yet to offer. Last year, McLean said he knew Ohio State would be on his list, no matter what.

"Ohio State is in the... schools I like, I know that," he said of the Buckeyes. "They will always be up there, no matter where my recruitment goes. I've always watched OSU and I feel like they have traditions and beliefs that I value. From what I've seen, their guys work hard and Coach Meyer is really good with getting to know you as a person and the guys there really enjoy the fans and the entire Ohio State community."

When you go from two offers to 27 in less than a year, it's safe to say you've "blown up" a bit, and McLean has certainly seen his star rise quickly. A year ago he talked about his timeline for committing with some uncertainty, stating "Maybe I'll decide at an All-Star game my senior year if I get invited to one," and today he announced his intentions to play in the Under-Armour All-American Bowl and shared his thoughts on the sudden surge of interests. He's now holding scholarship offers from Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Penn State, Clemson and many more.

"It's mind-blowing for me a bit," he said of the whirlwind year he's had. "I know I am just working everyday to get better because I want to take over the 2015 class."

Ohio State has had little success in the past three years trying to nab Maryland's best players, losing out on Stefon Diggs, Damian Prince, Taivon Jacobs and more; can Larry Johnson's impact and reputation on the East Coast help land McLean?


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Ahh Saturday's picture

Hey Birm, you might be dealing with this question in you recruiting mailbag, but what does the '15 DT situation look like to you?  Buckeyes have a lot of offers out there.  How many will we take?  Who are we sitting best with, and who are the long shots?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I think they'd ideally like three DT and two DE in the class. Should be a pretty DL heavy class. 

The Black Stripe's picture

Big offer. The Buckeyes need elite talent in the interior of the DL, and McLean fits the bill. C'mon LJ!

"It is a rite of passage for a player to become an Ohio State Buckeye. You have to earn it."
-Urban F. Meyer

Braxton2Devin's picture

Settle, McLean, Beckner Jr, and I know that there are plenty of more that we are also in a great position to land!! This could be OSU's best DL haul (on paper, ranking-wise) in a very long time.

Hovenaut's picture

From my wife's high school.

This young man looks the part, wouldn't mind seeing those mitts in the S&G...wow.

+1 HS
toad1204's picture

Mmmm recruiting news in an otherwise quiet football off season so far.  Good stuff as always Birm.  Thanks.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

buckeyejma's picture

This kids is a hoss, looks very impressive.  Go get him LJ.

Step aside Nick, Urban is the real rock star!

m5987usus's picture



+1 HS
TCOB_6's picture

Man, this young man looks like a stud. Hopefully LJ can change out luck with recruiting in the state of MD.

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Come on LJSr.!!!!!!! Go do your magic on the east coast and for this stud especially. I believe that this class will look very similar to the 2012 class as in position wise. But I also think that this class will have a little more talent than the 2012 class. (and im not knocking on 2012 class at all) just that Meyer came in late to the party that year and still brought in a top5 class. He has it from the start now

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

sivaDavis's picture

If I'm not mistaken, he's good friends with Tim Settle. If the coaches could get them both on campus and show them a great time, two stud DT's could be heading to Columbus in the 2015 class.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes