Two At The Top For Physical 2016 WR

Auburn and Mississippi State are two early favorites for 2016 WR prospect Marquis McClain.

Crestview, Fla.--A wide receiver that has seen his stock take off in recent weeks, 6-2, 210 Marquis McClain is what teams are looking for physically at the position and schools have taken notice. With a best time of 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a vertical leap of 38 inches, the physical McClain is just enjoying the ride at the moment as he looks for his future home out of more than a dozen current offers.

“It’s going pretty good,” McClain said. “I still have a few visits to go before the end of the summer, but everything is working out like it should. Currently I have 16 offers with Auburn, Appalachian State, Mississippi State, Minnesota, Purdue and Western Kentucky the most recent.”

With plenty of options to choose from and likely more before he begins playing as a senior, McClain said at the moment he’s focusing on the SEC’s Western Division with Auburn and Mississippi State at the top.

“With Auburn they get better each year and I know I have room to improve too,” McClain said of the Tigers. “I feel like Coach (Dameyune) Craig will help me improve, definitely. They had a really good season last year and I have a lot of family in Alabama too (Montgomery).

“My dad always talks about my support group,” he added of his family. “I would always have a support group for every home game.”

While the location could factor in Auburn’s favor, McClain said the offense is also something very important to him. With Jeremy Johnson stepping in as the starter this season and guys like Sean White, Tyler Queen and potentially Woody Barrett waiting in the wings, the chances are good the Tigers will throw the ball a lot more down the road. That could mean big things for the wide receivers.

“That’s big, especially with Coach Craig saying I would have a really good chance of playing as a freshman if I keep working like I should and showing out like I’m supposed to,” McClain said. “He said they would use me like they use Duke Williams.”

With Mississippi State coming off one of the best seasons in school history, McClain said it’s more about the opportunity with the Bulldogs that is standing out to him at the moment.

“They had a really good season last year,” McClain said. “They lost some receivers and I feel like I could play over the receivers that are there now. It’s in the country, so that’s kind of a downfall, but I like the coaches at Mississippi State especially Coach (Billy) Gonzalez.”

Planning to visit Florida State, Alabama, Georgia and possibly Ole Miss this summer, McClain said he hopes to make his decision during the first half of his senior season.

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