Georgia Linebacker Likes Auburn Football

This high school senior football prospect has Auburn as one of his official visits scheduled in January.

Powder Springs, Ga.--Linebacker Gerald McRath is planning to cross the country for his second official recruiting visit, but a college much closer to home looks to be the team to beat in this recruiting battle.

The six-foot-three, 210-pounder from McEachern High School says he is very high on the Auburn Tigers, but plans to make two official visits before taking an official visit to see the Tigers.

This week he is headed to Provo, Utah to check out the BYU Cougars. He has already been to Southern Mississippi and is says he will probably take a trip to TCU on Jan. 16th.

"I am looking for a place where I will fit in," McRath tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I want to find a place where I feel comfortable with the players, the coaches and the area."

McRath says he believes that is something he will find at Auburn, a place he knows rather well. He took unofficial visits to AU to check out exciting victories over Tennessee and Alabama this past season and was a standout out the Nike Combine, a seven on seven passing camp and Auburn's 2003 Senior Camp prior to his senior season.

Gerald McRath

This past fall, McRath showed why he is considered a college prospect as the McEachern team captain finished his season with 90 tackles, five fumble recoveries, two fumble recoveries and one interception.

It was a rebuilding year for McEachern which lost most of its key players from 2002, including current Auburn freshman offensive lineman Jarrod Britt. McRath and Britt are friends and Britt has highly recommended the AU program to the linebacker.

With the help of McRath, McEachern bounced back from an 0-4 start with six straight victories to close the season. The linebacker says his best game as a senior came against Kennesaw Mountain. "I had 17 tackles that game and caused a fumble," says McRath, who played both inside and outside linebacker in his team's 4-4 defensive alignment. "They were actually running away from me that game so coach moved me to the middle of the field so I would have a better chance to get to the ball carrier."

Commenting on his interest in Auburn, McRath says, "I like Coach Whitt (linebacker coach Joe Whitt) and the whole coaching staff," McRath says. "I also like the people in Auburn and the whole college town atmosphere."

Tiger Ticket Extra: McRath says he has always been interested in the Auburn football program because his parents are from the Anniston and Oxford area in east Alabama...McRath notes that he made the McEachern honor roll and should have no problem be an academic qualifier.

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