- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
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As it turns out, Blake McClain (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) was a little late on his deadline for a commitment.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end heavily favored Florida State following his junior day visit in mid-February and nearly committed to Jimbo Fisher then.
"This close," McClain said back on Feb. 16. "This close. But I am going to wait until next week."
Fisher had to wait longer than expected, but got McClain’s commitment all the same, ESPN has confirmed.
While in Tallahassee, McClain got comfortable with the Seminoles after feeling something different, something he hadn't felt anywhere else while on visits.
"I visited over the summer and the experience there, I mean, it was nothing like this," he said of a visit to in-state rival Florida. "All I did was go to a game and they showed me around some of the campus, but here (FSU) they just treated us like we were part of the family. That was a big factor."
North Carolina was perceived to be one of the Seminoles biggest threats in the McClain sweepstakes. But LSU, too, entered late as his most recent offer.
Alabama, Auburn and West Virginia had also extended offers.
McClain's commitment to the Seminoles gives them their sixth for their rapidly-changing commitment list.
McClain would join young defensive ends Davarez Bryant, Chris Casher and Mario Edwards once on campus at a major position of need.
His pledge could have added significance given that ESPN Watch List inside linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is McClain's high school teammate. Daub has Florida State in his top two schools along with Alabama.
Assistant coaches Jeremy Pruitt and Odell Haggins have contributed in the recruitment of both prospects.
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