In-State Offensive Lineman To Visit Tigers

This offensive line prospect talks about visiting Auburn this weekend and when he'll make his decision.

Mountain Brook, Ala.--One of the more interesting prospects expected in for an official visit this weekend at Auburn is offensive lineman Nathan McManus from Mountain Brook High just outside of Birmingham. A 6-4, 295-pounder with great speed and footwork, he's been an unknown for much of the recruiting process, but says that he'll choose between Auburn, Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee State following his visit to the Plains this weekend.

"I talked to Coach Price (Terry Price) Thursday and they invited me to come down for an official visit," McManus tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That's what I'm going to do this weekend. I'm going to go down for an official visit. I'll know after that whether they have a scholarship offer for me or not. Following that in the next couple of days I'll be making my decision."

Nathan McManus

McManus has already taken visits to both Middle Tennessee and Georgia Tech in the last month and says that all three programs have things that he likes. "It's pretty much the same," McManus says of his situation since the last time he spoke. "Nothing has really changed. I'm just going to take my visit and see what happens. It's down to Auburn, Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee State right now.

"With Middle Tennessee State I really like the facilities and where the program is going," McManus adds. "Joe Craddock, the quarterback commitment they've got, played at Briarwood. I really enjoy him. I was kind of disappointed that the O-Line coach chose to resign. He went to Texas to do some coaching. The downside with Middle Tennessee is that they're not sure who their offensive line coach is going to be."

Seemingly this is going to be a two-team race between Auburn and Georgia Tech if the Tigers decide to offer a scholarship to McManus on his visit. While there's little doubt that the senior likes Auburn, this is far from over because of the interest shown in him by the Yellow Jackets the last few months.

"Georgia Tech is in the heart of Atlanta and that really doesn't bother me because I like the city," McManus says. "They have great facilities. I like the coaches and the offensive linemen that are already there as well as the recruits I met that have committed there to play offensive line. I enjoyed their company."

Whether it's the big city life of Atlanta or the small town atmosphere like Auburn or Murfreesboro, Tenn., it's plain to see that McManus is just looking for a place that feels comfortable. With that being considered if things go well this weekend it may tough to beat the Tigers if they make a strong push beginning Friday afternoon when McManus arrives on campus.

"Auburn is hometown to me," McManus says. "I grew up on Auburn football. I haven't been there to do my official visit, but I'm sure the facilities are great. I like Coach Nall (Hugh Nall) and I'm sure I'm going to have a great time. It's going to be a real tough decision for me."

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