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Parade names Decaturís McClain an All-American

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com ∑ 340-2460

Decatur high school linebacker Rolando McClain has landed on Paradeís All-America Football Team.

Parade will include the team in its Sunday edition. This is the 44th year that Parade has selected a high school football squad.

McClain is one of two in-state players to make the 58-member team, which was selected by reporters, coaches, scouts and recruiters. The other is Hooverís Kerry Murphy, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound lineman. Like McClain, Murphy has committed to play at Alabama.

ďItís big for me, big for my family,Ē said McClain, who is listed at 6-4 and 254 pounds. ďItís an honor for me. Growing up, I didnít know if I had the talent to be what I am right now.Ē

In his senior season, McClain made 106 tackles for the Red Raiders, including 13 for lost yardage.

He committed publicly to the Crimson Tide in June and never wavered, even after head coach Mike Shula was fired Nov. 26.

McClain has the highest rating of the players who have publicly committed to Alabama, according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com.

Scout has McClain listed as a four-star prospect and as the 10th-rated linebacker in the nation.

Rivals also lists him as a four-star recruit and second amongst the nationís inside linebackers.

When asked about his preparations for next yearís football season, McClain said that he is concentrating on playing basketball for the Red Raiders, but once that ends, he will start working toward football.

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