McGlothern experiencing success on and off the field at Klein Oak
HOUSTON - A recruiter walks into Klein Oak High School to meet with Dwight McGlothern.
The senior is a highly-touted, four-star recruit. McGlothern has already cut his school list down to his Top 5 - Arkansas, LSU, Oregon, Texas and Georgia - and has already announced he will commit on January 4. So, when a recruiter comes in to talk to McGlothern these days, the senior goes and grabs teammates.
Teammates that the recruiter needs to meet and talk to, guys that McGlothern believes people should be looking at.
"It says a lot about who he is as a person," Klein Oak coach Jason Glenn said. "Nobody knows that. The stigma about what Dwight is, what everybody tries to project him out to be is totally wrong ... He's an amazing young man and what that says is that he cares about others more than himself."
McGlothern added: "I believe they are as good as me. I feel like we are on the same page. We work hard together, grind together and work with the same person ... I kind of have [my recruitment] settled, so if they can get that I think they can help out that team."
The 2019 season is the first for McGlothern at Klein Oak.
After spending his first two years at New Caney, McGlothern left to join TC-Cedar Hill in the Dallas Fort Worth area for his junior season. This past summer, McGlothern returned to Houston and joined the Panthers.
When he arrived he had to buy into FAMILY - Forget About Me I Love You.
"That's one of the things he bought into and the kids bought into," Glenn said. "It's going really well."
Since stepping on to the field for Klein Oak, McGlothern hasn't spent much time off of it playing both on offense at wide receiver and on defense in the secondary.
With the numbers he has put up, why would you pull him off?
McGlothern enters Week 6 of the season ranked No.2 in District 15-6A in receiving with 26 receptions for 586 yards (22.54 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns. Defensively, McGlothern leads the district with three interceptions.
"I try my hardest not to come off the field," McGlothern said. "But Coach Glenn doesn't want to wear me out. Whenever I'm on offense, I try to help out as much as I can by being a decoy or scoring touchdowns. When I 'm on defense, if coach needs me to lock someone up I can do that.
"I'm just here to help us win and try to go far."
In the Class 6A districts in Houston, only one other player comes close to McGlothern's stats. Cy Falls' Ricky Johnson has 18 receptions for 356 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.
Once his playing days at Klein Oak are over, McGlothern will go play at the Division I level and has all the attributes to play even beyond that.
Glenn, who starred at Texas A&M, played in the NFL for six seasons and his brother Aaron is currently the secondary coach for the New Orleans Saints. He knows what a player that can make it to that level looks like.
Since becoming a coach, Glenn admitted there are two players that he has seen that he thought they could play on Sundays. The first was Ed Oliver, who is a rookie for the Buffalo Bills, and the other is Dwight McGlothern.
"He's in that same category," Glenn said. "He's so athletic. But his football IQ is extremely high, it's almost like having another coach on the field when he's out there. Me and Coach Vaughn, my [Defensive Coordinator] he played in the NFL as well, [Dwight] has all the makings of playing on that level.
"We don't try to teach our kids that. We teach them that they are at Klein Oak, let's take care of business at Klein Oak first but as far as athletic ability and football IQ, he has that."