Two-Way Teammates Deal Opponents Fits

This pair of teammates from the Atlanta area is being recruited by schools from all over the country.

When talking about some of the faster players in the South this year many names will come out in the conversation. One that you might not know about or maybe will catch you by surprise is Mays (Atlanta) High School standout Bryan McClendon. A 6-0, 170-pound blur on the field at both wide receiver and defensive back, he uses his sub 4.4 speed in the40-yard dash to run by opponents on offense and to make a break on the ball from his cornerback position.

Through three victories for Mays this season, McClendon has had his way with opposing teams on both sides of the ball. On offense he has 233 yards receiving, 60 yards rushing and three touchdowns while totaling 15 tackles and two interceptions on defense. With numbers like those it's no wonder that he is already hearing from schools from all over the country wanting to get his name on the dotted line in February.

Not waiting like some to set up his official visits, McClendon has already let three colleges know that he will visit them before making his decision. Auburn, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech are the lucky ones right now with the Auburn visit set for the weekend of the Alabama game on November 17. His two other visits will likely come from a list of schools that includes Georgia, Virginia, Georgia Southern and Tulane.

Auburn has a head start on the others in the race for McClendon as the entire Mays team visited the campus this summer to attend a 7-on-7 passing camp that helps high school teams get ready them for the upcoming season. Getting a taste of the Plains seems to have made an impact on him as McClendon says Auburn is really high on his list right now.

"I like the fact that I can really concentrate on football and my academics first because it's such a small town," he says. "I love the coaching staff. I love Coach (Terry) Price and coach (John) Lovett, they talk to me all the time. I talked to coach (Tommy) Tuberville when I went over for the scrimmage (during two-a-days) and I liked him, too. I just like pretty much everything. I like the whole system and the way it works down there."

While some colleges are recruiting him as a receiver and others as a defensive back, McClendon says it doesn't really matter to him. With egos and star power a big part of the game in this day and age, it's refreshing to hear a player of McClendon's talent say that he doesn't really care which position he plays, as long as he does.

"I just want to play. A lot of people ask me, ‘What is my favorite position?' and I tell them on the field. It really wouldn't matter to me as long as I get out there and play."

That's what coaches want, too, someone who wants to play. All the more reason why colleges are flocking to Mays.

Tiger Ticket Extra:

Another reason coaches are heading to Mays is to see McClendon's teammate Brandon Mitchell. A 6-3, 185 wide receiver/defensive back in his own right, Mitchell teams with McClendon to form perhaps the best wide receiving duo in the state of Georgia this season. Through three games he has three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 20 tackles on defense and eight catches for 300 yards and five touchdowns on offense. Being recruited by Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Ohio State and Auburn, it's no surprise that Mays is considered one of the hotbeds for talent in the South this year.

Inside the Auburn Tigers Magazine and Football Newsletter

Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories