January 15, 2012

Florida DB Names MT as Favorite

Middle Tennessee is doing all they can to bring in the best talent they can find as recruiting is quickly coming to an end and recruits are visiting their last schools.

GoMiddle.com was recently able to catch up with St. Thomas Aquinas Cornerback, Joseph McClary. St. Thomas Aquinas is known for consistently producing talented Division 1 prospects, and McClary is no exception.

McClary, who made the Florida All-State team, stands at 5'8" and weighs 156 pounds. The 2-star CB only played corner for the last two years of high school. Before transitioning to defense, he played tailback.

When asked about how his senior year went he said, "It was pretty good. It ended on a bad note, but I got better."

On the year he was able to accumulate 53 tackles, eight pass deflections, four interceptions and three forced fumbles. McClary also played special teams where he had three blocked kicks. In his All-State game he was able to block the potential game winning field goal as his team won 18-17.

When asked what he loves about playing corner McClary expressed the love of competition.

"I just like the competition," McClary said. "It's pretty much one-on-one. I mean you just battle it out with pretty much one guy. It takes a lot of athleticism."

Many of the scouting reports on McClary state that he lacks the ideal height of a cornerback for college, but he is out there to prove teams wrong.

"I kind of figure that, because I'm so fast and physical, if you don't give the receiver a chance to go up and get the ball you'll win every time," McClary said. "When the receiver is going up for the ball I like to come up later and go through their hands and they will never catch it."

At the beginning of 2011 it looked like McClary already knew where he was going to attend college - Texas Tech. The defensive back's coach at Texas Tech was a former coach at St. Thomas Aquinas and had a good relationship with McClary, but was later released by the Red Raiders which forced McClary to look elsewhere.

As far as his recent recruitment goes, McClary says that one school stands out above the pack right now.

"It's been going good. It's kind of slow right now. Right now, I have Middle Tennessee as my top school. I would love to go there. MT looks like a pretty legit school. There my top school right now, because of football and education. It seems like a nice town with nice people. I like the coaches a lot too and the system."

McClary currently holds six offers, according to Rivals, from Delaware, Illinois State, Middle Tennessee, Ohio, Texas Tech and Western Michigan. Lately, some Ivy League schools have been recruiting him as well due to his 3.4 GPA.

McClary doesn't just play football though - he is also a track star. In his junior year, he won state in hurdles and has been clocked at running a 4.33 40-yard dash.

He currently has an official visit for MT later this month on the 27th and is hoping to get many things out of the visit.

"To see the beautiful campus I have been hearing about and to build more of a relationship with the coaches and some of the players. I know a couple of players and I'll try to figure out where I like to spend the next four years of my life."

Will the Blue Raiders be able to get McClary to commit on his visit? Or will another school be able to sweep him off of his feet? Stay tuned to GoMiddle.com as we will catch back up with McClary after his official visit later this month.

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