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Physical, athletic safety who is ranked as one of the nation’s top-20 safeties by Scout.com and Rivals.com … Ranked No. 18 nationally in the athlete category by 247Sports.com … The No. 10 player in talent-rich Ohio by Rivals … Played at Cardinal Mooney HS in Youngstown, Ohio, the alma mater of new UK head coach Mark Stoops and tight ends coach Vince Marrow … Helped Cardinal Mooney to a Division III state championship his junior and freshman seasons … Team went 15-0 his freshman season and 11-3 his junior year … First-team All-Ohio in 2012 … Had eight interceptions as a junior, two picks as a sophomore … Also played running back in high school, including posting 124 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a single game last fall … Coach P.J. Fecko told the Tribune-Chronicle before the 2012 season that, “Marcus is a tremendous athlete. He does a lot of different things. He kicks the ball. He returns the ball. He’s a defensive guy. He’s a receiver. He’s a running back. His ability to want to compete and to do so wherever he’s called upon helps. He’s been successful to do that.”
Versatile defensive back could be either a cornerback or safety on the collegiate level … Considered the nation’s No. 66 safety by ESPN.com, which says McClain’s strengths are zone coverage, ball skills and run support … The No. 61 cornerback by Rivals.com … Good senior season at Winter Park (Fla.) HS, gathering 60 tackles and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown … Ended his high school career with nine picks … Also played wide receiver, with two receiving touchdowns his senior season … Ranked as the No. 25 prospect on the Orlando Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60 … The Orlando Sentinel wrote that McClain “has top-notch footwork and an ability to keep his hips parallel to the line of scrimmage to keep quarterbacks at bay.” … Named a Central Florida All-Star … Coached by Larry Gergley … Has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash … All-around athlete who also played basketball.
One of the nation’s top three kicker prospects according to Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … Played his senior season at Prattville (Ala.) High School under Coach Chad Anderson … Handled punts, field goals and kickoffs for the Lions, making seven of 10 field goals, including a 50-yarder … 76 percent of kickoffs went for touchbacks … Named to the all-area team … Participated for the winning National team in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl in Houston following his senior campaign … Played at Randolph County High School before moving to Prattville his senior season … Converted six of nine field goals and made all of his extra points as a junior, with 81 percent touchbacks on kickoffs … Participated in the National Underclassmen Challenge and performed well … According to ChrisSailerKicking.com, MacGinnis “is a tremendous kicker. He has a huge leg … kickoffs are Division-I ready right now. A great competitor that kicks well under pressure.” … Spent time with One-on-One Kicking.