"Coach Franchione got involved in getting everything straight, and I'm not mad at anybody."
McLain, who has visited Louisville and plans to visit Auburn this weekend, said he enjoyed his trip to Tuscaloosa. "I toured the campus, and went to a basketball game. My player host was Donald Clarke, and I had a good time with him, although I actually hung out with a lot of the players."
The fact that Alabama defeated MSU wasn't lost on McLain, either. "It was a great basketball game to watch."
As further proof that relations between Alabama and McLain are on the right track, here's what he said impressed him the most during his visit. "I like the family attitude at the university. Everybody gets along, and it's just that great tradition."
McLain is a versatile athlete who has played everything from tight end to defensive end to fullback, and is willing to play wherever he fits in best at the college level. "I really don't have a favorite position to play in college. I spent most of my time with Coach Torbush and Coach Fobbs. And Coach Torbush said I'd probably play well at linebacker."
If he ends up at linebacker, McLain will join forces with a former high school opponent. "My freshman, sophomore and junior years, I played against Todd Bates. We hung out this weekend, too."
Although Alabama is clearly a potential home for McLain, he has made no decision yet. "I'll probably wait until after my Auburn visit before I make a decision," he said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: McLain has been offered a scholarship by Alabama, but reduced numbers mean that he would probably have to delay his entry until January of 2003. However, he would then be able to participate in the off-season program and spring drills.