September 20, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: Melvin McClay, Plaquemine High School

Melvin McClay is a running back from Plaquemine, LA, attending Plaquemine High School. The proficient athlete began playing football at 7 years old on the Plaquemine Renegades. Despite being one of the smallest players, he overcame his fear when he realized he was naturally gifted. This year, McClay hopes to win a state title and be the best in the state.

Growing up, the dual student-athlete was talented in both football and basketball. His teammates would say that he is mature and quiet while completing his schoolwork, but fast and trustworthy on and off the field. Melvin McClay grew up admiring the athleticism of former NFL player Reggie Bush and was inspired by how he ran the ball. Since the first year of McClay’s high school career, he has improved on catching kickoffs and punt returns. The running back had a standout game earlier this season running for 220 yards on 13 carries and scored four touchdowns.

Upon graduating in May of 2020, Melvin hopes to attend a respected university to further his education as an engineering major and play football. Although timid in the classroom, on the field he has said that he is “a baller, a pure athlete, and a threat every time he touches the ball.”

GPA: 3.2

Height: 5″9′

Weight: 170

Bench: 210

Squat: 335

Clean: 245

40: 4.47