One of the top cornerback prospects in the South this year, the 5-11, 185-pound McElrathbey has offers from a number of colleges including Clemson, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Auburn, but tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that one school is clearly out in front of the others as the end of the regular season draws to a close. They are so clearly out in front that he might make his final decision before basketball season begins in an effort to get the process behind him.
"Auburn is really the only school I'm looking at," McElrathbey answers. "There's not really anyone else. I just like the stability. They are stable. They've also got a good academic program. I'm pretty cool with a lot of the players there and I'm cool with the coaches. I'll probably make my final decision by the end of this week. It's almost that time. I'm sure thinking about it."
Former high school teammates with current Auburn redshirt freshman quarterback Calvin Booker, McElrathbey says that having Booker as a college teammate would be great. Booker and the Mays High senior stay in touch regularly on the telephone.
"He's always down there and he can help take me through things I have to go through when I get there," McElrathbey says. "He can help me make that transition."
Playing quarterback for Mays, McElrathbey has rushed for seven touchdowns and thrown for eight more this season for a team that is 4-5. McElrathbey also plays defense and is expected to play either cornerback or safety on the next level. He says that with Auburn losing both Carlos Rogers and Junior Rosegreen, the Tigers are very attractive.
"I feel like defense is my best position," McElrathbey says. "Probably cornerback."
A visitor to Auburn for two games this season, McElrathbey says that he's enjoyed being able to get a feel for gamedays on the campus. One of his visits was for the LSU game and gave him a true taste of what it would feel like to play in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"It was great," McElrathbey says. "The fans were real into the game. Everybody was real into the game. Fans were on the street yelling ‘War Eagle.'"
McElrathbey says that atmosphere had a big impact on his recruiting from that point forward knowing that one day he wanted to experience that for himself. Soon it may be one step closer to becoming a reality.