USC will be going into the 2019 season with one of the most talented wide receiving group in the nation. Outside of the players returning to the team, the Trojans have also brought in a batch of freshmen who can contribute right away. A lot of the talk focused on Kyle Ford, Bru McCoy, and even dual sport athlete Drake London. However, one name that haven’t been mentioned as much is Munir McClain.
You can say that McClain has been one of the most impressive freshmen through the first week of fall camp. Arriving with very little fanfare or attention, the freshmen has made quite a few highlight plays. McClain showed his athleticism and using his 6’4 frame to his advantage. He also made moves that you don’t see players of his statue make everyday. McClain has earned the high praise from head coach Clay Helton. Following the team’s scrimmage Saturday Helton stated that he expects McClain to see playing time this season with the air raid system needed at least eight receivers to rotate in.
If you follow the USC Moms corner series then you’ve read about Munir McClain and his decision to go to USC from his mother Shan McClain. Munir committed to the Trojans in April of 2018, opting to join his older brother and current USC linebacker Abdul-Malik McClain. Coming out of J Serra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano , CA, McClain was rated as a three star prospect and ranked as the No. 68 wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting class according to the 247 Sports composite. The freshman has always shown his ability to make plays. During his senior season at J Serra Catholic, McClain totaled 659 yards off 40 receptions and 10 touchdowns. While the composite rated him as a three-star, McClain skill set was up there with a lot of five star players.
Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell offense brings simple and quick routes that allows for players to make plays in space. The simplicity allows for players to pick up the playbook quickly and allows for younger players to contribute right away. Through the first week McClain has displayed that he can make plays in space and be a huge advantage in the vertical passing game. At 6’4, 210 pounds, McClain is already drawing comparisons to fellow teammate Michael Pittman Jr. The freshman is playing like he belongs out there.
McClain is off to a good start and if things can continue then look for him to contribute early on.