Georgia Linebacker Makes Decision

Linebacker Gerald McRath made his decision tonight between Auburn, Southern Miss and BYU.

Powder Springs, Ga.--After months of having Auburn as his leader linebacker Gerald McRath from McEachern High made a surprise announcement Sunday night when he committed to Southern Miss over Auburn and BYU. The 6-3, 215-pounder says in the end he just got a special feeling about the Golden Eagles and that won out over his feelings for Auburn.

"I chose Southern Miss," McRath tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The recruiting by the coaches, by my recruiter in the long run were the differences for me. It was a gut feeling more than anything. That little thing in the back of your mind that bothers you all the time, it was something like that, it made me choose Southern Miss. It was saying ‘go with your feeling' and I went with my feeling."

Following visits to both Southern Miss and BYU McRath says he was having some second thoughts on Auburn because of how well the Southern Miss experience had been both on campus and off. He says that while is visit to the Plains was good, the Southern Miss recruiters were too strong for him to ignore in the end. "I think my visit to Auburn was better than the one to Southern Miss, but I think in-between the recruiting that they did was a big factor," McRath says. "It was a real big factor."

Something that didn't hurt Southern Miss' chances was the commitment of teammate C.J. Barrows to the Golden Eagles earlier in the week. Friends on and off the field McRath says that while it was something he considered, it wasn't a deciding factor for him in the end.

"It really wasn't a big factor for me," McRath says. "I think a lot of people might think that, but actually I did it to make a name for myself. I want to be considered as a loner. For C.J. I think it was a great commitment for him. For me going to their defense and the opportunities they have with six guys graduating next year, I think that was an opportunity for me."

The team captain, McRath had 90 tackles, six for losses, five fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles and one interception from his linebacker spot. He had 80 solo tackles, 10 for losses, seven sacks and four caused fumbles as a junior.

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