Cassanova Looking For A Match

Talented football prospect Cassanova McKinzy talks about his weekend visit to Auburn.

Birmingham, Ala.--There is little question that one of the positions Auburn will be targeting in the 2012 class is linebacker. Still looking for talent and depth on defense to raise the level of play on that side of the ball, Coach Gene Chizik and his staff have already made an impression on Woodlawn standout Cassanova McKinzy.

A 6-3, 230-pounder with good speed and quickness to go along with good size, McKinzy made 95 tackles with six sacks and eight tackles for losses as a junior despite missing three games with a knee injury.

Already very familiar with Auburn after making several trips to the Plains in the last few years to see the Tigers play, McKinzy tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that his latest visit on Saturday was his favorite to this point.

"It went real good," McKinzy says of Saturday's visit. "It's probably one of the best I've had since I started going down there. I have been down there a lot of times, but this one was just different. I really got a chance to sit down and talk with Coach Chizik one-on-one and I got to visit with a couple of players. It was just a wonderful weekend."

Spending time with the coaching staff and players is always important for any recruit who is looking for his future home and McKinzy says it was no different for him, other than it was to the college he grew up following.

"That was really important to me," McKinzy says. "I grew up an Auburn fan. I'm going to try my best to get a good relationship with the coaches. That's true of any school. I'm kind of excited I got to talk to them like that. I feel like I gained something."

With offers from Alabama, Clemson, Arkansas, Arkansas State and UAB at the moment in addition to Auburn, McKinzy says that currently he favors Chizik's Tigers. One of the reasons for that is because of the lack of depth at the linebacker position, the position he's being recruited for by Auburn.

"That's what I'm looking for," McKinzy says. "I'm looking for a team that needs linebackers. I'm looking at depth. I don't want to go to a school that has a bunch of linebackers."

When those first offers come in for a prospect it's always an exciting time. For McKinzy he says it was made even better when that Auburn one came on board.

"When I was told it was just the best day," McKinzy says. "Everybody was congratulating me because I have told myself since I was going down there as a sophomore that if Auburn ever offered me I would go there just because of the Tiger Walk alone. I have learned that Auburn is more than just the Tiger Walk."

With junior day trips possibly on the table for California, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida and Arkansas in the coming weeks, McKinzy says he wants to get a feel for as many of the schools recruiting him as possible. While that is the case he admits if he can he would like to have a decision soon to put recruiting behind him so he can focus on his summer and senior year.

"I do want to get it out of the way," McKinzy says. "I've told myself I want to make my decision in the next two weeks. It's real stressful and I can tell it's getting more week by week. I'm not wanting to do that."

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