Highly-Rated Prospect Recruiting for Auburn

Woodlawn High star Cassanova McKinzy talks about Auburn and his visit to the Tigers' Big Cat Weekend.

Birmingham, Ala.--Cassanova McKinzy put up impressive numbers as a junior, but the Auburn commitment says he is serious about improving for his senior season at Woodlawn High School.

"I am working on getting bigger and faster," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I want to be all muscle and I want to get my (40-yard dash) time down to a 4.49. I?know I can do that."

If a guy his size can run that fast it will be impressive. The rising senior says he currently checks in at a shade under six-foot-three and weighs 225 pounds.

McKinzy is ranked as the number six middle linebacker prospect in the country for the 2012 signee class by Scout.com, currently rated a four-star middle linebacker.

Last Saturday he was on the Auburn campus for Big Cat Weekend where he was trying to help line up future teammates. The event attracted highly-regarded prospects from 11 states.

"Big Cat Weekend was awesome," McKinzy says. "I think it is going to help us out in recruiting. I?think we are going to have a lot of commitments out of it. I am looking forward to that because I want to play with a lot of good players."

Commenting on what his favorite part of the event was, the linebacker says, "It was the watermelon eating contest. I had to stuff a lot of it in my mouth. I?thought I could do it (win), but I couldn't. I had a lot of people I didn't know cheering me on. It was a lot of fun."

McKinzy is coming off an impressive season in which he made 95 tackles with six quarterback sacks and eight more tackles for a loss despite missing three games with an injury. That performance attracted attention from a large number of colleges, but he shut down recruiting early when he selected the defending national champion Tigers in March.

"I feel real good about my commitment," he says. "I am happy I got it over with early because it can be real stressful."

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