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Blake McClain

Position: DE

Height: 6/4

Weight: 285

Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

High school: Sandalwood

Recruitment: Target

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Update: McClain committed to South Carolina.

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A 6-foot-4, 285-pounder according to his high school coach, Adam Geis, McClain decommitted from Florida State — where he’d been verbally pledged for nearly a year — after the defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, left for Georgia and the Seminoles asked McClain to consider a grayshirt in order to make room for extra signees. McClain declined, dropped FSU, and fell right into Nebraska’s lap.

He officially visited Lincoln the weekend before signing day, and though he hinted at taking additional visits to South Carolina and Georgia Tech, he told The World-Herald he's done. Nebraska's the spot.

"This whole week has been hectic," McClain said. "Crazy. Stressful. But I’m happy with my decision. This is where I want to be."

ESPN describes McClain as having a frame that offers room to grow, and as a defender who shows "good initial burst" and a "stout run defender."

Geis said McClain will impress Husker fans. "Wait till you see him running," Geis said.

He is teammates at Sandalwood with Nebraska commit Chris Jones. He is one of five 2014 commitments from the state of Florida.

McClain told 247Sports.com that he enjoyed his weekend visit to NU.

"I met with the coaches. We just had breakfast, lunch, and dinner and in-between we had a tour of the academic center and the athletic facilities," McClain said. "I went onto the game field. I also had some down time to spend with the players and we just hung out."

A three-star prospect, McClain can play tackle or end and likes playing both. McClain said Nebraska intends to use him at both spots, as well.


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Photo Credit: Chris Hays/The Orlando Sentinel