March 18, 2012

Grand Blanc's MacLean has three offers

Grand Blanc (Mich.) linebacker Luke MacLean has offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He is also drawing serious interest from schools in the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC, along with Notre Dame.

MacLean, who checks in at 6-foot-3 and 233 pounds, runs a 4.85 40-yard dash. He is being recruited to play linebacker and defensive end. The Chippewas are looking at him as a defensive end.

The Grand Blanc native says that the most important things to him in a program and a school are the education, the coaching staff and the environment. The Chippewa coaching staff is one of the things that he likes most about CMU.

"I like the coaching staff. Coach E is a very good coach and I like how he goes about things. Also, the closeness to home is nice, along with the city itself."

MacLean has already visited Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. He does not have any visits scheduled for the immediate future, but he is planning to camp at MSU and possibly Cincinnati this summer. He went to a Junior Day at CMU last month and maintains good contact with the coaching staff.

"I talk to the (CMU) coaching staff a good amount. I have talked to them the past two weeks on the phone and I've been down there once this year."

Last season, MacLean was teammates with Jordan Fields, a three-star safety who was one of CMU's top commits in the Class of 2012. Having Fields as a former teammate could be an advantage for the Chippewas.

"It's really cool. He's also always telling me about them and trying to get me to come there."

Fields and MacLean come from a program that is starting to turn into one that produces college talent on a yearly basis. In 2012, Grand Blanc produced several college prospects, including Fields, three-star linebacker Lester Liston Jr., defensive tackle Collin Kosak, wide receiver Clarence Turner and defensive back Terrance Dye. Among the group that will be seniors in the fall, MacLean and defensive end Daniel Davis have started to draw attention from FBS programs, along with quarterback Bart Williams and wide receiver Alton Yarbrough.

Last fall, Grand Blanc went 7-2 in the regular season, en route to a Kensington Lake-West conference title. They defeated Holt, 59-52, in three overtimes in the first round of the playoffs and beat Midland, 49-35, in the District Final, before falling to Rockford, 30-28, in the Regional Final.

"Making it to the Regional Final was amazing. I had never made it that far before. For my senior season, I want to be All-State and I want my team to make a run for a state title."

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