Before he entered high school at Crestwood, Terrance McClain had never played organized sports.
On Wednesday, McClain made it possible where he will be able to play football at the collegiate level.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound offensive …
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Melvin Lundy DB Newberry
Andre Amaker LB Newberry
Antonio Roach LB Newberry
Keshawn Croskey WR Pike
Abraham Temoney DB Erskine
Zyricq Rufus OL Catawba
Terrance McClain OL South Carolina State
Anthony Bradley QB Allen
Sean Swaringer Newberry
A'Monte Brown Newberry
Treyshawn Moore Shepherd
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Eric Watts DE Connecticut
Zion Nelson OL Miami
Tayvian Gass OL Wofford
Joshua Simon WR Western Kentucky
Malik Richardson QB Western Carolina
The 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound offensive tackle signed with South Carolina State in a ceremony at the Crestwood lecture hall.
Crestwood teammates Zyricq Rufus and Anthony Bradley also signed on Wednesday. Rufus, an offensive tackle, signed with Catawba, while Bradley, a quarterback, signed with Allen.
Not having a lot of experience was something McClain has had to overcome.
"In ninth grade, it was hard for me because I never played organized sports," he said. "I had to work harder than everybody else. But then I became a starter and started making plays."
The desire to play at the next level was immediate for McClain.
"To be honest, as soon as I came to high school, I wanted to play at the next level," McClain said. "I have to work hard and stay on my grind, and I hope I can do amazing things at the next level."
Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson thinks it's impressive what McClain has done after playing football for just four years.
"(It's) tremendous," Nelson said. "He didn't play any middle school sports. The sky's the limit for him."
McClain graded out at 80 percent this past season.
McClain gives Nelson a lot of credit for helping him become the player he is today.
"Coach Nelson was always pushing me, even when I didn't believe in myself," McClain said. "Now we're here today."
There were two specific reasons why McClain chose to attend S.C. State, a Football Championship Subdivision school located in Orangeburg that is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
"On the visit, they treated me like one of the players and I feel like I fit in good with the program," McClain said.
However, there's an outside chance that McClain could go to school somewhere else because he still has some academic work that needs to be accomplished.
"He signed with S.C. State, but if he doesn't qualify by June, he'll enroll in Coffeyville (Community College in Kansas)," Nelson said.
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