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Small School Cornerback Gets Auburn Offer and Big Cat Trip

A class of 2018 football prospect talks about his trip to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend.

Homerville, Ga.--Shortly after receiving an offer last Tuesday, rising senior Charles McClelland made his first trip from his small hometown to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend.

McClelland, who brought his mom, dad and grandfather along for the trip, said he had a great time on The Plains, where he met Auburn coaches for the first time and took part in the festivities, including his favorite, a scavenger hunt where prospects were tasked with finding buildings on campus.

“It was fantastic,” he said. “They fed me good. I like that scavenger hunt that we did. It showed me a lot about the school.”

His said favorite part of the trip, though, was seeing his area recruiter, offensive line coach Herb Hand, rapping.

“I’ve never seen that before,” he said, smiling.

McClelland said he plays quarterback, running back, wide receiver and free safety for Clinch County High, a small school that competes in Class A in Georgia.

While he plays a number of positions, the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete said the Tigers are recruiting him at cornerback, although he might get to take a shot on offense as well. 

“I think they might give me a chance to try out for the position of running back,” he said.

McClelland said he has 14 other offers, including his first from Tulane, but that getting the Auburn offer last Tuesday made him feel accomplished.

“I wasn’t expecting to even get an offer from any SEC schools,” he said.

He added Auburn is at least in his top two, with his other favorite being Tulane.

For now, McClelland is focusing on mending his foot, which he injured in the Panthers' spring game and which is currently in a boot.

“Another week, and then I can start putting pressure on it,” he said, adding that he will then go through rehab with the goal of being recovered enough to take part in camps in July.

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