Mammoth Offensive Lineman To Visit

In this Tiger Ticket report we feature a big offensive lineman from the Peach State visiting Auburn this weekend.

Ellenwood, Ga.--When you think of big offensive linemen, the name Marcus McNeill automatically comes to mind. At 6-8, 316 pounds with a bench press of 350 pounds, the Cedar Grove High star has some of the top football programs in the country vying for his signature.

One of those schools will get a visit this weekend as McNeill is scheduled to take an official visit to the Plains of Auburn to see how the Tigers stack up with the rest of his choices.

"I want to find somewhere where I fit in and can have fun," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I also want to find a place with a good academic environment."

With official visits already in the bag at North Carolina earlier in the year and Tennessee last weekend, McNeill says both were good but he was surprised at how well he liked things in Knoxville.

"It went real well," he says of his visit to Tennessee. "I didn't even expect it to be that nice but it was. It was surprising. I had been there once and it seemed kind of dull but this weekend when I went up there it was kind of better. Last time there wasn't any student life up there and I went back with the same expectations but this time it surprised me."

While Tennessee obviously made an impression on the big guy, he notes that he doesn't have a leader at the moment and will likely wait until Signing Day on February 6 before making a decision. With a visit to Miami set for January 25 and the hometown Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets also in the mix, this is definitely a five-team race as it heads into the backstretch.

Marcus McNeill is a big young man with a large number of options for his choice in colleges.

"I don't have a favorite," NcNeill notes. "I don't have any idea right now…I probably won't know which school I will choose until signing day."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Attempting a strong push late in the game, just about every school recruiting McNeill has either called or come by in the last week. Among those are North Carolina, which made an in-home visit earlier in the week, and Auburn. Offensive line coach Hugh Nall was in Ellenwood on Tuesday and attended McNeill's basketball game Tuesday night after talking to him earlier in the day...McNeill will be one of the many visitors to Auburn this weekend that are of the lineman variety. Needing a strong finish up front on both sides of the ball to close this recruiting class, expect the Tigers to make a strong push this weekend to shore up both the offensive and defensive lines.


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