NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Crestwood OT McClain signs with S.C. State

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 2/7/19

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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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Crestwood OT McClain signs with S.C. State

Crestwood's Terrance McClain, middle, is flanked by teammates Zyricq Rufus and Anthony Bradley, together with Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson, as he signs to play college football at South Carolina State University during a National Signing Day event at the school on Wednesday.
Crestwood's Terrance McClain, middle, is flanked by teammates Zyricq Rufus and Anthony Bradley, together with Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson, as he signs to play college football at South Carolina State University during a National Signing Day event at the school on Wednesday.
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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 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.