All-Star Offensive Lineman To Visit Auburn

One of the largest recruits on Auburn's 2002 recruiting board will play in an all-star game before making a visit to see the Tigers.

Ellenwood, Ga.--Marcus McNeil says he isn't sure if he will be at the Georgia Dome in person to watch the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve, but knows that he will be playing in the dome later this month just before the Tigers and Tar Heels square off.

The big lineman also knows that there is a possibility that next year he could be lining up in an Auburn blue or Carolina blue football jersey. He took an official recruiting visit to Chapel Hill earlier this month and is scheduled to be on the AU campus on Jan. 18th to check out the Tigers.

Marcus McNeil is literally a big man on campus at CGHS.

The 6-8, 315-pound, 4.92 offensive and defensive lineman from Cedar Grove High School has been selected to play in the Georgia vs. Florida high school all-star contest on Dec. 29th. The game is traditionally played in the summer. Last season's all-stars played in Knoxville, Tenn., and the year before that it was played at Grant Field on the Georgia Tech campus.

"We are supposed to check in at our hotel for all-star practice on Wednesday," McNeil says. "I believe all of our workouts are going to be in the Georgia Dome."

McNeil has offers from colleges around the country. Nearby Georgia Tech and Miami are colleges he mentions as favorites in addition to the Tigers and Tar Heels. Earlier, he was considering Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and others.

"I visited North Carolina and that went pretty good, but I am still not ready yet to make a decision," McNeil tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am scheduled to be at Auburn Jan. 11th and Jan. 12th. Coach (Hugh) Nall is recruiting me. He told me he really wants me."

McNeil says he realizes that Auburn is looking to add some quality offensive linemen in this year's class. "I am just looking for somewhere where I can fit in right away," he says. "I want to major in engineering." McNeil also says he wants to play tackle in college. "I think my strength at that position is my pass blocking."

Marcus McNeil stands out on a prep football field.

Commenting on his senior football season, McNeil says, "Individually, things went pretty well, but the team didn't have a good season and that was disappointing."

Tiger Ticket Extra: The Georgia All-State teams have not come out yet, but McNeil has been named All-DeKalb County and was also named the county's player of the month...McNeil says his favorite game this past season came against Stephenson because he caught a touchdown pass. Auburn is expected to have two prospects from Stephenson High, which is located in Stone Mountain, on campus for official visits in January. Demario Minter, a 6-0, 180, 4.4 cornerback is scheduled to be at AU Jan. 25th. Brandon Cannon, a 6-3, 235, 4.8 defensive end, is scheduled to visit Auburn on Jan. 11th...McNeil bench presses 330 pounds...As a basketball power forward and center, he averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots as a junior. The football all-star appearance has delayed his start in basketball this year. "I will start playing in January," he says...He has thrown the shot put an impressive 53 feet and also finds time to pitch and play first base during baseball season...Off the field, he was named Mr. Cedar Grove High School in October. On the field, he is known for having quick feet and loads of potential.

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