Crestview, Fla.--A four-star wide receiver and Auburn commitment, 6-2, 210 Marquis McClain has been watching the Tigers closely this season as a slow start and quarterback change have made for a difficult year for Coach Gus Malzahn’s football team. Even though things haven’t gone as planned for the preseason SEC favorite, McClain said nothing he’s seen makes him doubt his decision to be a Tiger in the future.
“One thing about Auburn is they never give up, they fight to the end,” McClain tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “Everyone knows they are struggling, but they’re not doing terrible. They’re doing well right now. It’s just probably a bad season, but they’ll bounce back. They’re just trying to rebuild for next year.”
Part of that process comes with the play of Sean White at quarterback. Taking over for Jeremy Johnson in the fourth game of the year White had played well and shown the ability to lead a team. McClain said he’s been impressed by the redshirt freshman and believes he’s a guy that will be fun to play with at Auburn.
“Sean White has kind of lived up to his hype,” McClain said. “It looks like he has improved a lot. I’m going to be a freshman and he’s going to be a sophomore so we’ve got a while to be with each other.”
Still solidly committed to the Tigers, McClain said both he and his family feel like Auburn is the best fit for him on the next level. One of the reasons is his relationship with the coaching staff and comfort level at the school, but another big reason is the opportunity to play early.
With Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray both seniors and Marcus Davis and Tony Stevens both seniors next year, the need for immediate help at wide receiver is a big one. That’s especially true of big, physical players capable of going over the middle and also making the tough catch. McClain said for him it’s the best-case scenario.
“It’s definitely big for me,” McClain said. “I’m getting prepared now and have been getting prepared since my senior year started to come in and work hard so I can prove myself and start.”
Planning to take his official visit for the Iron Bowl game against Alabama on Nov. 28, McClain said he could possibly visit Florida as well when they face Vanderbilt on Nov. 7.
Forced to play several different positions for his team this season in addition to wide receiver, McClain said he’s learned something about himself and his game in the process. Getting time at both quarterback and running back and even cornerback on defense, he said the experience is something that should help him on the next level.
“It’s good because I’m learning a lot of different positions,” McClain said. “I don’t really know what position I’m going to play at Auburn. I could wind up at running back, I don’t know, but it’s making me more diverse.”
Playing running back the first three games McClain rushed for close to 400 yards with five touchdowns.