Orlando, Fla.--A player who checked in at 6-4, 265 a year ago and was torn between playing offensive tackle and defensive end, athletic big man Jonathon MacCollister has a new look and a new position this spring as he continues to add offers and garner interest from top programs around the country.
A standout at Bishop Moore Catholic, MacCollister has been high on the Auburn Tigers since visiting last summer and over the weekend was back on the Plains recently to check out Gus Malzahn’s program. Spending time with Coach Scott Fountain and watching the tight ends in action, he said the trip gave him some good vibes about the Tigers.
“It went very well,” McCollister said. “I watched the scrimmage and I loved what they did with their tight ends, how versatile they are with them.
“He (Fountain) is telling me that he loves how versatile I am as well. He loves my worth ethic.”
Weighing around 240 at the moment and hoping to play next fall at 235, McCollister has done a lot of work on his body since last season when he arrived at Bishop Moore after transferring in from Deland High. The work he’s put in to change his body has Auburn liking him more as a skill player at the moment after originally recruited him as a lineman.
That’s a big step for MacCollister because he can see the need at the position for the Tigers with just two scholarship tight ends on campus at the moment.
“It’s very important because I can see they don’t have a lot of tight ends,” McCollister said. “I can see that if I come in there and work yard and do good then I’ll have the opportunity to play as a freshman.
“Me and Coach Fountain were talking about how the tight ends play three positions, split-five, H-Back and tight end,” he added. “I like how they are all versatile and can play within the system.”
With Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Oregon, UCLA and Auburn on his list, McCollister said at the moment Auburn and Tennessee are the schools recruiting him the hardest. Planning to visit the Volunteers soon as well as Virginia Tech, he said he hopes to be back for Auburn’s A-Day game on Saturday.