An adage in the world of recruiting is that the first offer is usually the most elusive one for a prospect.
The theory goes like this: Once a recruit gets his first one, all other schools take notice and more offers are sure to follow.
In the case of Blake McClain, the second offer was far more difficult to come by than the first.
The Winter Park defensive back, ranked No. 20 on the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60, was notified last month that he was offered by FIU, meaning he waited almost an entire year between his first and second offers.
Things are now beginning to pick up again for McClain (6-0, 185), who expects multiple offers when spring football starts next week. He received a big one on Monday from West Virginia, a future Big 12 school.
“West Virginia is a pretty big offer,” said McClain, who expects to visit the school this summer. “I’m excited to go up there and see them.”
That gives McClain some much-needed optimism about his recruitment heading into spring practice.
He received a verbal offer from USF last June during a stellar showing at the Bulls’ Sling&Shoot 7on7 tournament.
Then, he waited. And waited.
Eventually, McClain began to get frustrated, wondering why his interest dropped off after storng performances on the summer camp and 7on7 circuit.
“With my first one, it felt good, I thought it’d stack up,” McClain said. “But now it’s going slowly. All the coaches that contact me say they’ll be coming in the spring.”
Finally FIU ended McClain’s nine-month drought, giving the fluid and versatile defensive back — he can play corner or safety — a sense of relief. With West Virginia jumping on board, it looks like things will finally pick up.
He visited the Golden Panthers this spring. He planned on seeing Miami too during the same trip, but FIU’s coaching staff pleaded with him to stay the entire day.
“I like how they approach things and how they’ve shown me love,” he said of FIU.
McClain also said USF is actively pursuing him and that the Bulls will “always be one of my top schools.”
Now McClain is hoping more schools follow the lead of USF, FIU and West Virginia. If the offers do come in the spring like he expects, he could be committing to a school before his senior year.
“Most likely after spring, after all the coaches come through and offer me,” McClain said. “Then I’ll have an idea of what I have and where I’ll want to go.”
Brendan Sonnone is the Sentinel's recruiting correspondent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Brendan on Twitter at @BSonnone or Facebook at Brendan Sonnone or at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun