Versatile Big Man Getting Attention At Tight End

This in-state football prospect talks about the summer camp circuit and his recruitment.

Birmingham, Ala.--The tight end position in Alabama is a strong one for the Class of 2005 with names like Tommy Trott and Gabe McKenzie at the top of the list. Another player making some noise at the position is Briarwood Christian's Andrew McCain.

A 6-5, 255-pounder with good feet and hands, McCain has been working at tight end since last fall instead of his usual defensive end position and says the experience has been an enjoyable one for him to this point.

"It's really more fun," McCain tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have played defense my whole life and I'm far from an expert, but I feel a lot more comfortable there. Offensively, it's easy to pick up. As long as you give effort they'll keep teaching you until you get it right. It's interesting to say the least."

McCain has had opportunities to pick up pointers this summer with visits to camps at several colleges, including one to Auburn last weekend. With offers from the Tigers, Florida, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Arkansas, Louisville, Duke and Ole Miss already, McCain says that the experience gives him a chance to get better on the field and learn more about the schools off the field.

"As far as the recruiting and decision-making process it gives me a chance to be around coaches, campuses, the whole atmosphere," McCain says. "Everyone runs a football program differently. It kind of gives you a good feel for how things work on different campuses around the country. It's pretty hard for two days, but if you have your eyes and ears open it's a chance to really improve."

Andrew McCain is one of the state's top propsects this season.

Being recruited as a big athlete who could play defense or offense, McCain could be a tight end or could grow into an offense tackle with outstanding balance and a good frame in addition to playing defensive end. No matter where he ultimately plays in college, McCain says that the process of choosing which school he'll attend is a long way from being decided.

"At this point it is so early in the process," McCain notes. "I don't think until I see every place I'm trying not to let myself lean one way or another. I need to weigh the pros and cons of each place. I'm going to have to put it all down on paper someday and decide where the best place for me to go.

"You have ups and downs everywhere, no place is perfect, but I want to find the best place that is going to help me athletically as well as academically. I can't say one school is ahead of another right now. Hopefully, by February I'll feel pretty comfortable with me decision."

In addition to Florida, one college that likes McCain as a tight end is Auburn. Looking for help at the position, McCain says the Tigers have extended him an offer. With just three players on scholarship at the position, one just moved from defensive end, McCain says Auburn could be just the right fit for what he's hoping to accomplish in college and they'll be in the hunt until the very end.

"At the tight end position they are pretty thin right now," McCain says. "They are going to need somebody to come in and be a three-year starter. That's very attractive. I love my recruiting coach (Terry) Price. He's a real personable guy along with Coach (Steve) Ensminger, the tight ends coach. He's awesome. Then you have Coach Tubs (Tommy Tuberville).

"They've got some good things going on down here. They are always going to be in the top two or three in the league. The tradition is great. When you go in Jordan-Hare Stadium on a Saturday night that place is rocking. It's a great place to play. The campus is beautiful and the academics are stressed here. They have a great FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) program. They do things right and it's a real attractive place."

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