Tennessee prep star still wide open

Mississippi Scout
Posted Aug 11, 2008

The 6' 4", 250 pound Brentwood Aca standout is getting looks at both the tight end and defensive end positions, but he feels like one he is more suited for one than the other.

"I think I am good at both positions, but naturally I am more instinctive on defense than I am on offense," added Thad McHaney.

Thad has seen a lot of good times during his high school career.

"I took over the starting role at tight end the last four games of my freshman season. Going into my sophomore year, I knew I had to be more dependable, more consistent. We had a great senior class, and they taught me how to work and learn. I really improved that year. We won the state championship, and last year we made it to the Finals. We do not lose around here too much (laugh)."

McHaney chipped in 12 sacks on defense and 10 receptions with 1 TD on offense, but it is at tight end where Brentwood Aca will showcase Thad's talents.

"I am going to mostly play offense this year. They want to develop some depth on defense, but I will come in on a lot of situational downs. I will just do what ever they need me to do. I just want us to reach our potential and gel. I want to enjoy my last year because it is going by so fast. I just want to enjoy every moment of it."

The 2007 All-State selection had a bruised knee this summer so he only participated in one camp, but he did get to take in a few unofficial visits.

"The only camp I went to was Ole Miss', but I did not do any of the combine stuff. I also visited Tennessee's, Kentucky's, and Louisville's campuses this summer."

McHaney's performance at the Ole Miss camp earned him a scholarship.

"They called my coaches last week to let me know that I had a scholarship. I actually went down there the day before the camp so I could meet their coaches and tour the campus. I went down there last year for the Ole Miss/LSU game, but I never really had a chance to look at all of their facilities. They have a really nice campus and it seems like a real laid back town. Coach Austin and I have a really good relationship. They also have a lot of real good young talent, and I think they are going to turn it around next year. I was pretty impressed."

Thad's offer list could grow by one this week.

"UCLA said they were sending my offer in the mail this week. I have a total of 11 right now. They are Tennessee, Vandy, Ole Miss, Auburn, South Carolina, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Louisville, Marshall, Oregon, and UCLA."

McHaney was also impressed with Tennessee during his visit to Vol country.

"Tennessee was kind of the same way as Ole Miss. I visited with all of the coaches that I really had not gotten to know from before. They always have a chance to win the SEC or national championship. Their resume is impressive. Coach Clauson and I have a good relationship. They are high on my list as well."

Louisville also made a lasting impression with Thad.

"There are some really great people in their program. The new defensive schemes that Coach English is bringing in is exciting. I would not mind playing for him. It is going to be a very aggressive defense, just the way I like to play. I know for sure that I will go back to Louisville and Ole Miss for official visits."

Who else will McHaney officially visit?

"I am pretty much open right now. I am starting to narrow my list down. I have 11 offers right now, and a lot of other schools are close, so I want to wait and see how that plays out first. Then I will narrow it down when I take my ACT test in September."

How did the Kentucky visit go this summer?

"They showed me all of their facilities, the weight room, coach's rooms, just all of the football facilities. They have real passionate fans. That is what sticks out about Kentucky. They also went to two Music City bowls the last two seasons so they have really turned it around up there. I was impressed with Kentucky."

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