McKinzy Thinking Championships at Auburn

Cassanova McKinzy talks about his official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Woodlawn, Ala. – Four-star linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, the first commitment of the 2012 class, enjoyed his official visit to Auburn for the Iron Bowl.

"It went pretty good," McKinzy explained. "This is one of the funnest times I've had down here ever since I've been coming down here -- meeting everybody, laughing and joking, and bonding with the players.

"I met a lot of people that I haven't seen," he added. "I met a lot of players that I went to combines with. I hung out with the players, and I thought that was kind of unique."

McKinzy spent time with other prospects and his player host Erique Florence.

"Kwon Alexander, Jameis Winston, Erique," he said. "There were quite a few of them, but those were the main ones I remember. (Erique and I) just chilled and talked about trying to win another championship, basically. We're serious about it.

"I got to talk to Chiz (Gene Chizik), Thig (Tommy Thigpen), Coach Roof (Ted Roof)," McKinzy added. "I was trying to help recruit and get better players to win a championship. That's really what's on my mind.

"They want me to play middle (linebacker) because I've got the weight and I've got the speed," he continued. "I can play wherever they want me to play at just to help the team. Like I said, we're trying to win another championship."

Despite being the first commitment of the class, McKinzy plans on taking a pair of visits before signing with Auburn.

"Just to take them," he explained. "Just to have fun. Probably Clemson and Florida State and that's about it. Charlie Harbison is talking to me from Clemson. When I talk to the coach from Florida State, he never calls me. He always calls another coach on my high school football team. They'll get on the phone and start talking. I don't ever listen to it."

McKinzy will be playing in the Offense/Defense All-American game in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 30, so he doesn't plan on making a return trip to Auburn until after the New Year.

"I'm probably going to be back after December because I've got to prepare myself for those games," he said. "I prepare on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. If I'm in Auburn on Saturday and Sunday then I'm not going to have time to prepare. I don't want to get on TV and look bad."

McKinzy plans on running track and playing baseball as a senior at Woodlawn High School.

In football as a senior McKinzy went to the playoffs for the first time as the Colonels went 7-3 in the regular season. They lost in the opening round to St. Paul's.

"I'm proud, but we had the team to go all the way," he said. "We just had a couple of problems. We didn't have all of our players showing up. On the other hand I'm proud because we're starting to build."


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