Auburn, Ala. -- Four-star linebacker and former Miami commit Zach McCloud visited Auburn for the Iron Bowl and left liking what he saw.
“They (Auburn) need linebackers,” said McCloud Sunday after his visit had concluded. “That’s what I play. I want to play early. Just knowing that that is a position of need, it just kind of increases my chances (of going there) even more. I play better when I’m trusted with a certain amount of responsibility.”
An early enrollee who will be on campus somewhere in January, McCloud will have to wrap up his recruitment soon, but with several schools still in the mix things are far from done.
“I have to make my decision fast,” said McCloud. “I’m still open-minded because I just decommitted from Miami. Obviously, Auburn is near the top for me. I was thinking about Georgia, but considering their recent situation I’ll have to rethink that, Miami and FSU.”
Even though McCloud enjoyed his trip to Auburn, he says that he needs to take as much time as he can so late in the process. McCloud says “he learned his lesson about making rush decisions.
"Any school that I’m considering, I just want to be comfortable when I go there,” McCloud noted. “It’s hard to be comfortable when you only go to a place a certain amount of times so the more I come here the more familiar things get. That’s kind of what the purpose of this (official visit) was.” This visit was McCloud’s third to Auburn.
One of the bigest draws to the Tigers for McCloud is the coaching staff, escpecially defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.
“(The coaches) are real with me,” McCloud explained. “They just tell me the actual situation. (Coach Muschamp) is like the rest of the coaches in the sense that he’s real. He’s not going to sugarcoat things. You’re never going to not know where you stand with him. What you see is what you get. I appreciate that because I don’t like to be wondering about that.”
McCloud said that Miami will have an in-home visit with him on Wednesday before Head Coach Gus Malzahn as well as Coach Muschamp will visit him at his home in Lantana, Fla. on Thursday.
The 6-2, 220 outside linebacker understands how important he is to Muschamp and Malzahn.
“I don’t get that a lot from some schools,” said McCloud about how the coaching staff has made him a priority for this recruiting class, “but I do from here.”
McCloud said that he hasn’t set up any more officials yet, but “nothing is set in stone.”