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Better Know an Eagle 2017: #14 Defensive Back Gabriel McClary

The senior DB hopes to elevate his game this year

NCAA Football: Boston College at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Gabriel McClary

Position: Defensive Back

Number: 14

Year: Senior

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 204

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

High School: Winter Park

2016 Stats: McClary played in all 13 games in 2016, making 4 starts. In his playtime, he recorded 21 tackles and defended one pass.

Projections: There’s a distinct lack of size in the Boston College secondary, and McClary is clearly the largest Eagle in the position group. With the wide-receiver talent in the ACC, the size will be absolutely help Anthony Campanile’s guys to slow down the opposition. The size will also help McClary contribute in run support. I’d expect a slight increase in the number of passes defended and maybe a pick or two, but the biggest increase should be in tackles/tackles for loss.

Over/Under: 6 TFL, 4 passes defended, 1 interception

How’d He Get Here: Originally recruited as a wide receiver by former coach Todd Fitch (now offensive coordinator with Louisiana Tech, and not part of the faculty at UC Berkeley as google might tell you), McClary made the position switch in 2015. As a three star recruit, he came out of Winter Park High School with 10 reported offers, from schools including Arizona, North Carolina, Iowa State, South Florida, and Illinois.

You can watch his high school highlights below.

Quotables from Campanile: "I just think [the defensive backs] have grown exponentially this spring, Isaac Yiadom's had a great spring. He really has done a lot of great things. Taj-Amir Torres has had a great spring. Will Harris has elevated his game. Lukas Denis has done a great job for us. Gabriel McClary has done a really good job in the run game. A lot of positives there." -Anthony Campanile

Fun facts: Gabe is the son of Thomas McClary, the founder of the funk and soul band Commodores. You can watch a video that BC put together about it here.