USC Football

Potential Breakout Player: Munir McClain

August 9, 2019
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The 2019 Trojan team was already loaded at the wide receiver position prior to their 2019 recruiting class haul which included 5-stars Kyle Ford, Bru McCoy , and  4-star Drake London.   However, it also included the less-heralded but just as talented, Munir McClain.

While Trojan fans wait to see what Ford and McCoy can bring to the table, London and McClain have been tearing it up thru the first six fall camp practices as the team prepares for Saturday’s scrimmage.  Nothing too shocking  there as fall camp typically produces a few freshmen who have the ability to contribute immediately; Wide receiver is one position a younger player can transition to easiest out of high school--Munir McClain would probably agree.

Munir McClain has quietly opened eyes and carved his way into the 8-man rotation that the staff intends to use.  Earlier this week Coach Harrell was asked about the freshman,  “Munir has been excellent. To be honest with you, I thought he’d be a little more raw than he is coming out. He’s been a pleasant surprise for us to be as far along as he is, the plays he’s making.”

McClain has displayed great hands, route running, and enough speed to make his 6-4, 215 pound body a difficult cover for the smaller defensive backs, and those traits have caught the attention of Coach Helton and Coach Harrell.  McClain already has a NFL body who can line up outside as well as inside, and he’s also shown to be a very capable blocker as the team prepares for their first scrimmage on Saturday.

McClain brings another intangible to the table.  When you hear McClain talk or the way he carries himself, you immediately get the impression of a very mature young man who is confident in his abilities.   Having fully recovered from a torn ACL suffered in high school, McClain, fought through the rehab process without the aid of pain pills, so no one will ever question McClain’s toughness--either physically or mentally.  Having his older brother, linebacker/defensive end (RS) freshmanAbdul-Malik on the roster doesn’t hurt either.

I know the sample size is only one week of fall camp practices, however, the results speak for themselves.  Munir is ready for the college game and  Coach Harrell has to be pounding his Bang with the prospects of going three & four wide with the size available to him. 

The combination of Munir’s power and sure hands will only make the defensive backs he goes against in practice better, however, the competition at the wide receiver position got a lot more intense too.   Fans should not be surprised if they hear McClain’s name called frequently when the Trojans kick off the season in 22 days.

PS. I have been assured by someone very close to the situation that Munir made the catch pictured above.

 
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