Physical Receiver Chooses Tigers

Marquis McClain committed to Auburn on Saturday, choosing the Tigers over Mississippi State.

Crestview, Fla.--Auburn added its second wide receiver commitment for the 2016 class on Saturday when physical Marquis McClain chose the Tigers over Mississippi State after being on campus for the picnic on the Plains.

Spending the day with Auburn football coaches such as Dameyune Craig and Rhett Lashlee, McClain said he just has a good feeling about the Tigers.

“I definitely built a better relationship with the coaches on my visit,” the 6-2, 205 McClain said. “I like Auburn a lot. I had to get a feel for the campus because it was my first time meeting all the players and coaches. I went over the offense with the coaches and got more in-depth and built a better relationship.

"I just like that they are family-oriented," he added of why he chose the Tigers. "I've got family in Alabama near Auburn. I just think it's a great choice."

Getting a good feeling throughout the day while on his visit, McClain said he just had a feeling while talking with Coach Gus Malzahn and Craig and knew he had found the place he belonged at Auburn.

"It all happened in like a few minutes to be honest," McClain said. "They called me in his office and he asked me how I felt about the place and where did they stand? I just sat there for a minute and I paused before I told him I thought I would go ahead and commit. He asked me if I was serious and I told him 'yes sir.' They got real excited and his wife gave me a hug."

Making the visit along with good friend and fellow Auburn commitment Elijah Stove, McClain said having him as a teammate in the future is something that played a big part in his decision.

“It’s good because we compete against each other,” McClain said. “I’ll play corner and he’ll play corner. I play receiver and he’ll play receiver. Off the field we’re friends so it’s good to have a friend up there.”

One of the things that stands out about McClain’s love for Auburn is his admiration for Gus Malzahn’s offense. Playing in a similar system in high school, McClain said the Tigers have already pictured him in one particular spot and that’s exciting to him.

“They’re telling me my role right now is that of a Duke Williams,” McClain said. “They have four receivers leaving and they’re looking for another receiver corps for next year.

“That’s definitely flattering,” he added. “Especially since he got the ball a lot. He’s one of the top receivers in the country so that’s good.”

Saying the decision is a weight off his shoulders, McClain said he can now go into his senior season focused on improving as a player and helping his team try to make the playoffs. Adding that he's 100 percent committed to Auburn, he said he'll likely still visit Mississippi State and possibly Georgia this fall.

One of the top performers this summer at Auburn, McClain ran a time of 4.43 seconds, had a broad jump of 10 feet, and added a vertical jump of 38 inches.

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