School: El Camino CC of Torrance, CA
Position: Outside Linebacker
Vitals: 6’3″, 220 lbs, 4.5 sec 40
- Rivals: NR
- 247Sports: #4 (JC OLB)
Other Offers of Interest: Miami, Oregon, Arkansas
Best Attributes: Speed, Tackling, Read & React
Prediction & How He Improves Cougars in 2013:
Ivan was an early find and a must have for the Cougar coaching staff in this class. What a relief it was to have him stick with Wazzu after McLennan’s dream school “The U” got involved late in the process.
He is a huge addition to the linebackers going into 2013, infusing into the unit the physical ability adding a pass rusher off the edge, not to mention the ability to cover from the position. The Cougs have recently had a ridiculously tough time covering tight ends and slot receivers with a front 7 on the field, but McLennan gives the size of run support and the speed of a nickel backer.
Also, he has a knack for finding the ball in a hurry, which is evidence of good read & reaction skills. I would plan on Ivan McLennan being an integral part of the Cougar defensive scheme going into next season. Put him on the field with any combo of Monroe, Coen, Mayes, Su’a, Allison and Sagote, you now have a scary-fast group.
Oertel and Byers are more of the run-stopping group so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them on the field in run situations instead of McLennan.
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