Darius McClure, a 5-11, 188-pound speedster from Minor High in Birmingham, told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday that he plans to sign with Auburn. McClure is coming off a strong junior season in which he intercepted six passes, deflected 20, forced three fumbles and made 44 tackles as a free safety.
Darius McClure has been clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash.
McClure says he is not sure if he is going to be a cornerback or safety at AU. "I can play both positions," he says. "I start at free safety in high school. I do a lot of coaching out there on the field."
A 2 1/2-year starter for the Purple Tigers, he says that he picked the Tigers over FSU, Clemson and Central Florida. He was also being recruited by a variety of teams including Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska, Alabama and others.
As a junior, he returned three punts for touchdowns and averaged nearly 20 yards per return.
"The reason why I chose Auburn I like the atmosphere there, the coaches and I think I will fit in real good there with the players and the coaches," McClure says.
"I am have the agility of a cornerback and I have the strength of safety," he says when describing his style of play. "I am aggressive player. I think I am the best player pound per pound in the state."
Tiger Ticket Extra: His favorite game as a junior came against Jess Lanier. "That game was getting pretty tight down the stretch and I closed it with an interception," he says...McClure says he has a 2.9 grade point average and has yet to take his ACT test. He says he is taking an ACT prep class at UAB...He was first team All-Region and All-Metro as a junior and was honorable mention All-State.