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Kentucky ATH/DB hints decision is near

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Kentucky could be on the verge of landing a commitment from one of the state’s top prospects in the Class of 2004.
Fort Campbell athlete/safety Marcus McClinton says he has a good idea of where he’s headed to play his college football.
“I’m not going to wait too much longer (to announce a decision),” he said. “I know where I’m going to go, though. It’s kind of a secret right now.”
Any hints?
“I always give a few hints,” McClinton said with a laugh. “Let’s just say I don’t go anywhere without wearing blue.”
McClinton (6-2, 200, 4.5) has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Illinois, Indiana and Eastern Kentucky. Last month, his teammate and close friend, fullback/linebacker Gabe Wallace, gave a commitment to Rich Brooks and the Wildcats.
“I just don’t want any pressure right now,” he said. “We’re in a dead period before we get back out there for practice, and I’m just trying to relax. I guess you could say I’m waiting for the right time for me.”
As a junior, McClinton was a jack-of-all-trades for Fort Campbell. He had 632 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving, 189 yards and five touchdowns rushing, two kickoff returns for touchdowns and 109 tackles with six interceptions on defense.
Asked how he expects to be improved this season, McClinton said it’s mainly in the mental aspects of the game.
“I’m a lot smarter now. I understand what’s going on a lot better than when I was a sophomore or even a junior,” he said. “My instincts are a lot better. I’m one step ahead of the next guy, and my confidence is just really high right now.”
That attitude was bolstered by a couple of outstanding performances in passing tournaments this summer. Fort Campbell won the Kentucky 7-on-7 tournament and another event at Ohio County. The Falcons will make a run at a third victory this weekend at a tournament in Kenwood, Tenn., just across the state line.
Academically, he maintains a 2.7 core GPA and is awaiting his test scores. He projects as a full-qualifier.
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