Defensive end Andrew McLean out of Louisville (Colo.) Broomfield High School currently has 5 offers to date, but there are to programs that are not only football rivals, but happen to be the top two schools on McLean's list.
"The two academies are really standing out to me," shares the very candid McLean, when discussing his recruiting with GoBlackKnights.com. "I'm looking more at the Division IA route. But those two really stand out to me because I just want to ... well, I have military family and that presence really means something to me.
The 6-foot-3, 240 pounder has been in constant contact with the Army coaching staff and provided an update on how things are progressing with the Black Knights.
"I talked to Coach (Andy) Guyader on Saturday," he adds. "He was talking about how the Reception Day (R-Day) went for all the cadets overall and that football players weren't treated any differently on that. They were looked at equally and I that was really cool."
"Then we talked a little bit about the class that was going in ... the freshmen class (football players), well they will be freshmen once they finish up there basic (training)."
For McLean and any other Army prospect, hearing about the uniqueness of the institution called West Point is one thing, but getting a real taste of it is something totally different, as the defensive prospect confirmed.
"I've been to West Point twice in the last month. My first visit was early June ... I was there from June 2nd through the 8th," declares McLean, who's visit pertained to West Point's Summer Leadership Seminar (SLS). "I loved it there, it was great. The history of the program and not just football, but the school in general. But also the facilities were awesome. I mean, both Army and Air Force have outstanding facilities. Also, Army's Sports Hall of Fame caught my attention as well."
"I also saw the photo on GoBlackKnights.com of the 3-star player (Patrick Joseph) from Arizona who committed to Army in the Hall of Fame area," says McLean, making reference to Joseph's picture in front of the Army football Heisman Trophy showcase.
It is clear that McLean has been monitoring Army's recruiting for the class of 2013. As such, he offered the following thoughts.
"My mindset is that I would be going there .... either one of the academies (West Point & Air Force) is that I would be a student and a cadet first, then a football player second," he states. "I see that as very important, because it shows that yeah, I'm going there to play football but I'm also going there for a greater cause. There's some that is so much greater than just football. Going to that place and getting the great education, along with getting to play football ... you can't get better than that."
During McLean's second visit to West Point, the defensive end wanted to expose his mother to the experience he received during his initial visit to the West Point campus. "I took her on campus and Coach Guyader showed her around a little bit. She loved it .... she was stopping and taking pictures and we were barely on campus."
"Both of my parents are very pro-military and very supportive of me. I have a brother in the Army and sister-in-law in the Air Force. Either path, I have gotten a lot of good information on both. I think when I make my decision, it will be the right one because I have a lot of information on both.
Comparatively speaking, the prospect out of Colorado has also been on the campus of the Falcons of Air Force. "Yes, I have been there as well," confirms McLean, who made it clear that his top two schools are Army and Air Force."
"Right now I am weighing my options and it's between those two (Black Knights & Falcons). I looked at so much information, talked to so many grads and cadets that are there right now .... I have so much information, but may want a little more from a football perspective and school perspective. I'm definitely considering the other schools, but I'm looking at those two closer than the others."
Broomfield was 9-3 and lost in quarter finals but McLean feels that he and his teammates can duplicate or surpass last year's team's performance. We look great, we have a ton of returning kids and I'm confident in the kids who have started on the varsity yet as well.," says the defensive end prospect, who finished the 2011 season with 7 sacks, 2 forces fumbles, 59 solo tackles and 46 assisted tackles.
The 411 on McLean is that he is quick off the ball with a high motor, so it's no wonder that he proclaims that one of my favorite players is NFL'er Jared Allen. "He one of my favorite, because he's such a beast," declares McLean.
So what is McLean looking for at the next level?
"Obviously the academics, that's a key role because football is going to end some day, so I'm looking for something that's going to set me up for the long run," he says. "A school that has a lot of morales and ethics. You're not going to get that at even some of top academic schools like Yale or Harvard because there's people that don't follow codes like there are at West Point and Air Force. The bottom-line is academics, morales and all around, people that want to help you out and people you want to help out to become great leaders and great people."
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