At The Combine: Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain doesn't have a favorite college football team, in part because up until a few years ago he thought he'd make his mark in basketball. But now a number of college football teams would list McClain as among their favorite prospects for a scholarship.

Rolando McClain, a 6-foot-3 1/2-inch, 235-pounder, will make a decision on a college following his senior season at Decatur High School. As for now, he's already made one decision.

"I'm a linebacker on defense and a tight end on offense," McClain said. "The colleges have given me the option to be on defense or offense and I say linebacker. That's my best position."

Last year he turned in 104 tackles, four sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. On offense had 29 receptions for 525 yards.

He lists his likely finalists as Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, and LSU.

Any observer at the Combine on the campus of The University of Alabama last Saturday could have picked out McClain as one of the top athletes among the 250 or so. Among the observers who didn't have to see McClain to know that were the college coaches from throughout the South (including Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula) who have been monitoring McClain's playing career.

"This is a great opportunity," McClain said of the Combine. "There are a lot of good players here. I wanted to come in and get a 40-time and a 5-10 ( shuttle) time." He said he was satisfied with his 4.75-second time into the wind.

It was not McClain's first time on the Alabama campus. He attended the Crimson Tide's spring game. "I got to see Sam Burnthall (former Decatur star and now a freshman safety for Bama) make a pick in the A-Day Game," he said. "It was a fun time."

While he doesn't list a favorite team, he said his favorite college player was recently-graduated Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans. McClain expects to be an outside linebacker in college, even though he plays inside at Decatur.

As for his family, he said, "My mom has always been an Alabama fan. My dad liked Auburn."

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