"I'm not really sure," Rolando McClain said of the coaching change. "I mean, I had spoken with coach [Mike] Shula a few times when I went down to visit, but other than that I really didn't know him. I like coach [Chris] Ball my recruiting coach, and I like coach [Joe] Kines a lot. I would hope they wouldn't have to leave because of him [Shula] losing his job."
"I like Alabama, but more importantly I would like to play for coach Kines," McClain added.
The Tide is in immediate need of the linebacker position, and McClain is a strong candidate to play in Tuscaloosa as a true freshman. He is preparing in the off-season for the fall of 2007.
"I went out and got me a personal trainer, and I'm training right now," he said. "Linebacker wise, they need somebody to step-up and with my size now, 250, physically I'm capable of doing it. Linebacker is where I'm comfortable at. Hopefully, I won't get too big where I have to play defensive end, but I would like to play linebacker."