Talented In-State Prospect Chooses Tigers

Auburn has picked up its fifth public verbal commitment for the 2005 football signee class.

Birmingham, Ala.--One of the top big athletes in Alabama has been a hot commodity this summer on the camp circuit after showing college coaches he had the skills and athleticism to play tight end.

On Tuesday the 6-6, 257-pounder put an end to the suspense on his recruitment when Andrew McCain from Briarwood Christian School gave a verbal commitment to Coach Tommy Tuberville and the Auburn Tigers.

"I have been to a lot of places over the course of the summer," McCain tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I finished those trips up last week and was able to take a step back and look at all of it. Auburn was just way out front as far as the facilities that they have, the academic programs and the support they have there.

"The football program is always competing for championships," he adds. "They have a great FCA program and I like all the coaches a lot. I felt good about it. In my head I knew it was right and at the same time I've always wanted to play football at Auburn. It all fell together well and I had no problem making the call."

Playing defensive end along with offensive tackle, McCain recorded 67 tackles and three sacks as a junior to anchor the defensive line for the 13-2 Lions in 2003, who rolled on to capture the 5A state championship. McCain is expected to play either tight end or defensive end for the Tigers and is capable of playing either position because of his quickness off the ball and his strength at the point of attack.

Andrew McCain

An afterthought to teammate Charles Hoke entering the summer, McCain has garnered offers from some of the top schools in the South after impressive showings at camps in June and July. McCain has offers in hand from Florida, Arkansas, North Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Ole Miss, and North Carolina, but in the end he says Auburn was the place for him.

Getting qualified to play will not be a problem for the Briarwood Christian standout, who holds a perfect 4.0 GPA and scored a 31 on his ACT.

McCain becomes Auburn's fifth verbal commitment for 2005, joining Ali Sharrief, Aairon Savage, Oscar Gonzalez and Michael Harness as future Tigers.

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