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Jalen McCain has flipped his commitment from Boston College to the up-and-coming Old Dominion Monarchs.
McCain made the flip to new Monarchs’ head coach Ricky Rahne and company on Thursday.
The cornerback out of Flowers High (MD) was previously committed to Boston College. He reopened his commitment on July 22 — the same day the Monarchs offered the three-star recruit.
McCain has a 247Sports Composite score of .8431. He is ranked as the 36th-best 2021 recruit in Maryland.
“I wanted to build a legacy,” McCain exclaimed. “Seeing the guys there now and this 2021 class, I wanted to make history and I knew ODU was where I wanted to go. Coach Rahne is one of the best coaches in the game. He’s a football mind and I know he can teach me a lot — both on and off the field. It’s a home to me. I know it can he take me farther in life. It is a great place both for athletics and socially. It’s also closer to home so my family can come see me play.”
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McCain committed to the Eagles in September 2019. Any time a young man is committed to a college for as long as the 5-foot-9 cornerback was, it can be a hard choice to make to reopen your recruiting.
“I really just decided to re-evaluate everything based off of the new variables like the times with how schools are dealing with the Black Lives Matter movement and how schools are dealing with COVID(-19),” McCain said. “I just had to make sure I was making the best decision for me and looking at my spreadsheet with all the variables. ODU checked all the boxes. I’m blessed and I can’t wait to get to work.”
McCain, while now preparing to play for another school, is appreciative of the opportunity Boston College gave him, even if he felt like there was a better one by the Chesapeake Bay.
“It was no love lost between me and BC’s staff,” he said. “I still was taking them into consideration for where I wanted to go. I just wanted to see everything with new eyes and make sure I made the complete best decision for me and they respected that.”
Making a Change
With the current social climate surrounding the Black Lives Matter campaign and the COVID-19 pandemic, McCain is one of many players nationally that believe they can be a catalyst for change going forward.
“I believe our job as student-athletes is to educate others on the why and how they can help,” McCain described. “We can also use our platform to get the word out. We could make donations, march, etc. Lastly, we have to be consistent in how we are searching for different ways to make change without violence and keep getting the word out and not letting things die down. We can’t just have this be a movement. We have to make it a lifestyle, so that we can make real change.”
The addition of McCain gives the Monarchs three big commits in the last two days. Jordan Bly and Stephon Dubose both committed on Wednesday. This is shaping up to be a top 75 class in Rahne’s first full recruiting cycle and a class that really puts Old Dominion on the map.