August 19, 2011
Grand Blanc standout junior gets first D-1 offer
One of the top prospects in the state for the class of 2013 will be Luke Maclean of Grand Blanc High School. With 1 scholarship offer already on the table and a host of other schools taking a close look at him, it should only be a matter of time before he has plenty of college options. Spartanmag.com spoke with Maclean and got the latest.
With the majority of scholarship spots for the class of 2012 already filled up, Michigan State is beginning to look at next year as far as evaluation and potential scholarships. One player the Spartans and several other teams are looking forward to see play this fall is Maclean. We asked the 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect about his recruitment.
"I have an offer from The University of Buffalo, he said. I've been hearing a lot from the University of Michigan and have visited them 3 times and went to their 1 day camp this year. Michigan State; I have visited there once and also had recruit tickets for their spring game this year. Georgia Tech; I had a recent visit there were I got to sit down with head coach (Paul) Johnson and I will probably be hearing better things from them soon. Also I've heard a lot from, Vanderbilt, Toledo, Northwestern, Iowa, Penn State and Syracuse."
At 6-foot-4, 235-pound Maclean has excellent size for someone heading into their junior season. Right now he is listed as a linebacker in the rivals.com database, but he will likely out-grow that spot as he continues to add more muscle mass. We asked him about the position he has talked with college coaches about.
"Right now colleges are recruiting me for both linebacker and defensive end," Maclean stated. "Buffalo offered me as a linebacker. Georgia Tech wants me at middle linebacker. Other schools like Michigan State and Michigan want me at outside line backer/hybrid defense end."
Being from Michigan it is only natural for players to grow up following either the Spartans or the Wolverines. We asked Maclean if he favors one school over the other as far as a fan?
"I grew up a fan of both Michigan and Michigan State. My dad was a University of Michigan fan but my mom was a Michigan State fan."
Though it is still early in the process, Maclean has gotten a lot of positive feedback from the college coaches he has been in contact with. We asked him what those coaches are saying they like about him as a player. SpartanMag.com asked him what coaches have told him and what he believes he needs to work on before he gets to college
"Coaches have all said they like my versatility and upside. That I have the Speed to play outside or inside Backer, but I also the size and strength to play down at DE or ever DT. I personally think I need to work on more pass coverage. Run stopping and getting to the quarterback have always been my strength. And it's not like I'm bad in coverage. It's just that by the time I get to college I want to be equally good at both."
Grand Blanc is consistently one of the stronger team in the area. Last year they made the playoffs yet again, but had an early that expected exit. We asked Maclean how the team looks for this fall and the expectations.
My team this year is looking very good. We have a ton of potential and more than a few D1 players. Last year we were knocked out in the 2nd Round of the play offs. But this year were coming back better and trying to make it to Ford Field.
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow MaClean and his recruitment in the coming months. We will be sure to get some junior film uploaded into the rivals.com database. The class of 2013 looks to be very strong and Maclean will certainly be one of the top recruits in the state for next year.
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