The start to Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway standout Justin Maclin's recruitment couldn't have begun much better. The outside linebacker prospect in the class of 2010 kicked off his recruitment with offers from Memphis and LSU after some impressive camp performances. He followed that up with fall offers from the in-state Volunteers and Texas Tech. Now Maclin has picked up another big offer, one that he was hoping for.
"Florida offered me," Maclin said. "They did like Tuesday or Thursday of last week. I talked to their coach on the phone one day and then they sent the letter in the mail and I just got it yesterday. I was excited. That's the other school that I really wanted to go to was Florida."
Before the start of the recruiting process, Maclin had a few select schools that he was definitely hoping to hear from and before the second semester of his junior year, all of those schools have sent offers his way.
"LSU and Florida were two that I wanted to hear from and I wanted to go to Texas Tech and I got offered by Texas Tech too and then Tennessee was the other one so those schools have all offered."
When he found out about the offer from Florida, Maclin was able to hear it from Coach Urban Meyer himself. The big-name coach took the time to give Maclin a breakdown of how he would fit in at Gainesville.
"Coach Meyer, that's who I talked to when I heard about the offer," he said. "That was real exciting to talk to him and real surprising. We were just talking about how he thinks I'm a good athlete and he's looking forward to me coming down this summer and anytime I needed to talk, I could call him."
Maclin plays outside linebacker for his high school program but has established himself as a dangerous pass-rusher. With that versatility, he could line up at a lot of different positions at the next level. Meyer conveyed where he envisioned the prospect.
"Florida says they see me more like the Spikes dude, the middle linebacker," said Maclin referring to All-SEC LB Brandon Spikes. "I want to play linebacker. I like standing up. I don't like getting down in a three-point stance and I can cover a little bit out there."
While he has expressed a clear interest in LSU and Florida, Maclin also has an interest in his home-state program and the Volunteers have an interest in return. Fresh off of his hiring, newly anointed head coach Lane Kiffin has plans to stop by Ridgeway just to make sure that Tennessee will be in good shape with one of the state's best young talents.
"My coach told me that Coach Kiffin is coming up to the school tomorrow," he said. "I really didn't know what to think about [Coach Fulmer's departure] because when I met Coach Fulmer I liked him. He seemed like a good guy. But I was excited to hear that Coach Kiffin was coming because I've never met a coach that's come to my school yet."
This offseason, Maclin already has a busy schedule. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder already has plans to attend camps in Florida at LSU and maybe even in California. He also will be playing basketball, a sport he excelled at before football.