Posted On: 05/16/21 5:30 PM

The three prospects listed below are three guys that could be at the top of their positions groups for the in-state 2023 recruiting class and none of them are high caliber names as of yet. 

Here is an in-depth scouting look at three prospects to know going forward! 

#EastTN23 

’23 (OT/G) Joshua Wade Joshua Wade 6'4" | OL King’s Academy | 2023 State TN (6’4 300) – King’s Academy 

– A strong, burly guy that punishes his opponents when he puts his hands on them, Wade is a versatile lineman that currently sits in the upper echelon of recruits from the East Tennessee region. The Lions stud lineman is a powerful young man that knows how to use his strength to his advantage. Wade fires off the ball well and explodes into the opposition where it becomes tough to break loose. He continues to drive back his opponent with his powerful lower body and keeps punishing him through the whistle. 

Wade also shows the ability to develop into a solid pass blocker. He has good feet and enough lower body agility to be given a shot to compete at tackle on the collegiate level. What he does provide is the ability to play multiple positions across the offensive line and do so at a high level. Wade already holds an offer from Kentucky along with several others but he is due to breakout sometime soon on the recruiting trail, especially if he attends and competes at camps this summer. 

Follow @Joshua_Wade72_

Sophomore Film:  https://www.hudl.com/video/3/14299151/5f4e6593bed83f0954d8dc3c

#MidTN23 

’23 (DB) Aden Nelson Aden Nelson 6'2" | DB Woodford County | 2023 State KY (6’1 172) – Father Ryan

– Many people on the recruiting scene may not know about Nelson right now but you will by this time next year. Tall and long with a big radius, Nelson drips upside and potential as he sports all the physical traits and tools college coaches look for in a lock down cover corner. The Fighting Irish rising junior is growing and building towards becoming an island corner but with his size and length, Nelson could easily play all the positions within the secondary and do so at a high level. He still has much to learn but the talent is there. 

One thing about Nelson that stands out when watching his film is his closing speed and ability to change directions very well. Nelson is able to use his length and size to drape over receivers and use his speed to close in on the pass. He shows strong instincts on tape while also playing with a bit of swagger, so Nelson seems to always be seen when finding the ball. This guy does not have the power five offers yet but that will soon change as more coaches are able to check out this Nashville area defensive back. 

Follow @adennelson9

Sophomore Film:  https://www.hudl.com/video/3/12857324/5fb086875b3cbc0bf04d0203#

#WestTN23

’23 (RB) Isiah McClaine Isiah McClaine 5'8" | RB Lexington | 2023 State TN (5’8 185) – Lexington

Photo: lexingtonprogress.com

– One of the top returning producers of offense in the state, McClaine is a strong, well balanced back that is poised for another big season and maybe put into consideration for Mr. Football honors. Last season as a sophomore, McClain ran for an astonishing 2,320 yards and 29 touchdown’s in helping his Tigers team into postseason play. Producing that kind of season twice will be hard but McClaine has the talents and will power to do just that. He is a no nonsense runner that will lower his shoulder or run around defenders while always working to find that end zone. 

The Tigers star back may be a tad undersized at 5’8 but he plays much bigger and does not shy away from taking on or delivering contact. He is also very hard to handle in small spaces or when trying to arm tackle. McClaine also has a well built body that pushes through would-be tacklers while also sporting quick, elusive feet that help him break away from the defense. This West Tennessee back may not be a household name just yet but watch out because he will be soon. 

Follow @IsiahMcClaine

Sophomore Film:  https://www.hudl.com/video/3/13463970/5ff7728fff01ad0b44618918

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