“My dad grew up with the running backs coach (Tim Horton) and their dads were friends,” the 6-0, 180 McChesney said of the connection to Auburn. “He contacted him about any camps while we were down there and that’s how I wound up down there.
“I went on a campus tour and it was sweet,” he added. “Just everything stood out to me. I had never been out there (to Alabama). I came out when I was two or three, but that was it. Everything was just cool. The campus looked kind of older and just really cool.”
Working out at running back, wide receiver and defensive back for the Auburn coaches, McChesney also went through testing for the Tigers and left a lasting impression after running a 4.44 second time in the 40-yard dash. A track star in high school with a career-best time of 10.9 seconds in the 100 meters, McChesney said everything about the day went well for him.
“The camp was good,” McChesney said. “We started out doing a little combine thing and that’s when I started opening some eyes. From there we went on to one-on-ones and did some drills and stuff.
“It was fun for me,” he added of working at different positions. “I liked it a lot because I only get to play running back at my school. My defensive coordinator won’t let me play any defense because they need me on offense. Playing some defense was fun.”
In addition to his offer from BYU, McChesney said he’s also hearing some from Utah State and Utah, but with still two years of high football remaining that attention should increase in the fall when schools can initiate contact for the first time. Still, getting that first offer is something that was very important.
“It was big because I had no idea it was coming,” McChesney said. “Coach Bronco Mendenhall wanted to talk to me and I went and talked to him and he offered me. It was pretty cool.”
Wanting to learn more about the Auburn program after seeing the campus and meeting the coaches, McChesney said he’s excited about the Tigers and hopes to hear more from them in the future.
“I would love to go there,” he said. “My grandparents live out there already so I would have family there. I think it would be very cool to play out there.
“Playing in the SEC would be amazing,” he added. “I always watch them on TV and wishing I could be playing with those guys.”
As a sophomore McChesney carried the ball 35 times for 250 yards and three touchdowns while adding 26 catches for 284 yards and four more scores.
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