Athlete Focus: Aaron McLean ‘15 WR - St. Mark’s - Football
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The ISL is loaded with talent again this season and St. Mark’s WR Aaron McLean ’15 is right at the top of that list. The dual-sport (football & basketball) star is poised to have a big junior season as he looks to help the Southborough, Mass. school make the jump from the bottom of the ISL standings up into the competitive "pack".
The junior wide receiver had a breakout sophomore season last year hauling in 39 catches for 726 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 18.6 yards per catch to go with 60 points scored on the year.
McLean, who is also an elite basketball talent in the Class of 2015, holds an early hoops offer from St. Peter’s. He is also actively hearing from a number of Division 1 schools such as Holy Cross, Davidson, Bucknell and Vermont.
The All-ISL football returnee is excited to get the season started and feels that this year could be the season when St. Mark's makes their move.
“I am very excited for this year for both the team and myself,” McLean told Mass Prep Stars. “I hope this year we can win a few more games and keep taking the steps forward as a program that we started last year. I think our offense will be pretty good with our junior quarterback, Logan Lee ‘15 and our senior running back / slot receiver Daryl Scales '14 returning. On defense we have a senior-led unit with D-End Be Ekhator '14 coming back and will be very good for us this year.”
McLean was very active this summer, balancing both football and basketball schedules, and opened some eyes as he camped at University of Texas, Texas A&M, Syracuse and UMass.
“At each camp I felt like I learned something new," McLean said. "I think they were all very beneficial to me becoming a better football player. I want to be able to use what I have been working on all summer and what I learned at camps and really try to take my game to the next level and help my team as much as I can."
Like fellow dual-sport prep star Miles Wright ’14 of Tabor Academy, McLean shares a love for both football and basketball and the thought of choosing one over the other is not one that has entered his mind.
“I do not have a favorite right now between football and basketball but I feel I could play both at the next level.,” McLean said. “It can be difficult at times to balance both but I have been doing it for a while now and I'm starting to get used to it and have been able to dedicate time to both.”
McLean, who has also drawn early football interest lists UMass, Syracuse, UConn, Texas A&M, and Princeton as the schools he has received interest from.
The 6-foot-6 wideout has excellent hands and speed for his size. As he continues to improve his route-running over the next two seasons the offers and attention will certainly follow.
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