Miami Commitment Makes Return Visit To Auburn

Linebacker Zach McCloud is committed to Miami, but has made a pair of visits to Auburn this summer.

Lantana, Fla.--A commitment to the Miami Hurricanes since last fall, talented linebacker Zach McCloud made his second trip to Auburn this summer and left Wednesday’s visit with the Tigers squarely on his list after having the chance to sit down and talk with the coaches and get another look at the campus.

Making the visit along with his family, McCloud had the opportunity to meet with Gus Malzahn, Will Muschamp and recruiting coach Scott Fountain while on campus. One of the top players on Auburn’s board at linebacker, McCloud said the message was plain and clear on Wednesday.

“It was great,” McCloud said. “I just wanted to bring my family up so they could see what I got to see and could make a better connection with the coaches. We got to see the facilities. Auburn is just a great place and we had fun.

“I talked to Coach Muschamp a little bit about how I might fit into the scheme if I were to go there,” he added. “Coach Malzahn is a great guy and my parents made a connection with him instantly. They always tell me that Malzahn talks about me pretty often in meetings and they call me a “thumper”. That’s their nickname for me. They want me a lot.”

Still committed to Miami, the 6-2, 225 linebacker said Auburn is a school he’s definitely planning to see at least one more time before enrolling at his school in December. Wanting to take an official visit to the Plains this fall as well as taking one to Miami, McCloud said the Tigers are going to be there for him until the end.

“I have some teammates that I talk to about things like this,” McCloud said of looking at Auburn. “I have hinted that anything could happen and Auburn is on my mind, definitely. Auburn is the only one that’s really in there.”

With Cassanova McKinzy, Kris Frost, Justin Garrett and Kenny Flowers all seniors this season and Anthony Swain now at Southern Miss, Auburn will need some help at the linebacker position in the 2016 class. McCloud said that’s one of the reasons why the Tigers are so high on his list at the moment.

“Opportunity and development, those are the two things that come to my mind,” McCloud said of Auburn. “They are losing five linebackers so it’s a great position for me to be in and get playing time since I’ll be graduating early. As far as development, it’s Auburn. It’s just a great place to be and a great environment. The fans love the football there.”

Heading to Georgia for a visit on Thursday before heading home, McCloud said in addition to visits to Miami and Auburn he may visit some schools out of the region before enrolling in December.

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