"I played safety, cornerback, running back, receiver, punt returner, kick returner and blocked for field goals that's about it," McClure says jocularly. "And I was good at all of them."
Darius "Dee" McClure
The 5-11, 185-pounder with sub 4.5 speed made an early impression on the Tigers' coaching staff at a football camp in Auburn. He was also impressive at the Nike Combine in Auburn with his 30.7-inch vertical leap and 23 bench press reps at 185 pounds. With those numbers added to his quick feet and on the field ability, McClure received a scholarship offer from the Tigers shortly thereafter, which he accepted back in July.
McClure, who is headed to Auburn this weekend for his official visit to check out things on the Plains, says that he has not been playing any other sports in the offseason and is concentrating on staying in football shape.
"I have been working out because I think I might be playing in the Alabama Mississippi(High School All-Star) game," he explains. "I don't know yet though."
The physical defensive back prospect, who has not taken any official visits this recruiting season, says that he will head to Auburn this weekend and that he may check out one more college on January 30th.
"Right now I am not sure, but I know Mississippi State and Coach Croom they are recruiting me and there are some other schools, but I don't know if I am going to visit yet," McClure says. "I am not sure."
McClure says that despite the fact that he may visit another school he is still firmly committed to Auburn and has actually been doing some recruiting for the Tigers in his spare time. "Oh, I have already been doing that," he says. "I have been talking to Tony Bell every now and then on the phone." Bell is a safety from Thompson High, which is not too far from Minor.
McClure says the reason that he feels so strongly about Auburn is because it just feels right. "The coaches, they are just great people," he says. "And the atmosphere in Auburn just feels like a second home. Most of the players up there are real good people, too. It just feels like a second home to me."
Following a junior season in which he racked up 44 tackles and six interceptions with three returned for touchdowns, McClure says that teams seemed to take a different approach with him his senior season. "I had 62 tackles--I had one interception because nobody really threw my way this year and I had about 12 pass deflections."
Even with fewer interceptions in his senior campaign McClure notes that he still racked up quite an array of awards and honors. "I know I made first team All-State and the Super All-State team. I also got first team All-Metro, Super All-Metro and first team All-Region and I had player of the week in the state and I got a game ball from ABC 33/40."