February 28, 2008
Two-way lineman holds two SEC offers
Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy will have one of the most talented rosters in the state of Tennessee in 2008. Offensive lineman Alex Bullard already has numerous SEC and ACC offers and two-way lineman Thad McHaney is not far behind with two SEC offers already in tow.
"I got offered by Kentucky and recently South Carolina," McHaney said. "South Carolina offered around December and Kentucky offered two or three weeks ago. I've been hearing a lot from Tennessee, Alabama and Vanderbilt."
The two SEC offers are the first official offers of likely many to come and the position that each school has offered McHaney to play says a lot about the athleticism that has attracted some top end programs.
"Kentucky offered me as a tight end and South Carolina as a defensive end," he said. "I just want to play. I think defensive end comes more naturally for me but I could be wrong, I don't know."
McHaney certainly has a lot to like at either position. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, McHaney presents a big athletic target on the offensive side of the ball who can be a great blocker in the run game. On defense, he is able to use his long arms and frame to read and react off the edge and play a very disruptive role in the backfield.
"My quickness and my length are my strengths," agreed the 2009 prospect. "That and just being able to get off the blocks and make plays."
After losing in the state championship game as a junior, McHaney and his teammates will be looking to make plays early and often in the 2008 season as they head into the season as one of the favorites in the state of Tennessee. In fact, a nationally televised game could put them on the map nationally.
"We're going to try to go undefeated," he said. "We play Prattville (Ala.) in week six so that will be a good test and we go down there. It really is exciting. They say it's gonna be televised and it's going to kind of test out how good we are. We'll learn from it it'll be a good test for us."
While the wait for the season opener will be several long months of anticipation, McHaney has had a lot to keep him busy. He averaged 11 points for his highly-rated basketball team and he is now set to begin the track season where he competes in the shot put, the discus and runs a 22.7-second 200 meters.
This weekend, McHaney will be going to Knoxville for Sunday's Junior Day at the University of Tennessee.
Though he plays in the Nashville area, his family is from and Georgia Tech and he grew up a Yellow Jacket fan. However, his trip to Tennessee is the kind of visit that he hopes will help him with his college decision.
"I'm just trying to go up there and see if I can envision myself at these schools," he said. "I'll have a clearer vision of what I want to do once I get on campus and see these different schools."
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