#NationalSigningDay2021: Xander McClure “roars” at the opportunity to sign to Slippery Rock

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courtesy of Xander McClure

Xander McClure carries the ball to lead his team home to victory against the opponents from Walkersville.

by Leah Bolger, Zachary Tilmont, and Gio Fuentes

McClure rushes the ball as the team’s prized runner back. (courtesy of Xander McClure)

On February 3, star running back Xander McClure signed to play football at Slippery Rock University in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Slippery Rock is a NCAA Division II school and their official mascot is “Rocky the Lion.”

McClure has played football for twelve years and has dreamed of becoming a college football player since he was young.

McClure said, “I chose Slippery Rock because throughout the whole recruitment process they were really transparent with me and showed they really wanted me. Any school can have the facilities and the uniforms, but you have to go wherever you are wanted.”

McClure plans to study kinesiology  in hopes of becoming a personal trainer.

McClure said, “I want to train elite college and professional athletes and help them to become the best they can be.”

Tammy McClure, Xander’s mother, expressed her excitement for her son through his signing.

Mrs. McClure said, “Xander has always been one whose talent came naturally.  He’s truly been blessed. Things always clicked with him.  He’s developed most as a leader.  He really enjoys helping others understand the game and do better in their role on the field. Kids gravitate towards him.  One thing that stands out to me is his ability to have vision during a play.  It’s so exciting to watch that unfold on the field when he sees an opening or makes a way for himself.”

She said, “We are excited for this next chapter in his life and can’t wait to watch him grow at Slippery Rock.  The coaches there have been wonderful to him and have really made him feel like he is truly wanted.  We couldn’t ask for anything better!”

In 2019, Slippery Rock football had an impressive 13-1 season and only allowed 379 points to their opponents when compared to their 647 points.

To read more about McClure’s impressive football successes check out these Frederick News Post stories:

“7 on 7 team gives local football players a chance to play”

“Damascus routs Linganore to win 3A football title”

“No sign of fatigue for Linganore’s McClure”

“McClure serves as back-breaker for Linganore”

“McClure paces Lancers’ win over Titans”