"I was trying to get in contact with coach [Chris] Ball but, he had bad reception. My girlfriend finally got a hold of him and told him the good news. I finally talked to him, and he was very excited. Coach [Mike] Shula is on a cruise. I didn't get to talk to him. I'm sure he knows about it by now."
The Tide has a rich tradition of producing great linebackers, and McClain is eager to add his name to the list.
"The main reason I am going to Alabama--because I am expecting to play and be a big-time player. I like being in the spotlight. At Alabama I just feel like they are going to need linebackers, and I am going to do whatever I can do to be the best linebacker on the team."
"I am in Virginia visiting but, I am going down there [Tuscaloosa] on Saturday to meet with coach Ball and coach Shula."
When asked about other visits McClain replied, "More than likely I probably won't take any other visits. I know I am going to Alabama for sure. It feels like a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. I'm smiling from ear-to-ear right now."