Big, Smart Prospect Sees A Lot to Like at Auburn

This visitor to the Plains says he was impressed with the people he met and other aspects of his official visit to Auburn.

Birmingham, Ala.--The Student-Athlete Development Center recently built next to the athletic complex has had an immediate impact not only in the classroom for Auburn athletes but also in recruiting, as 17 football recruits visited Auburn this weekend and many mentioned that they came away impressed with the facility.

Perhaps the most impressive scholar-athlete of the group was Briarwood tight end Andrew McCain, a 4.0-student with a 31 ACT score and 1300 SAT score. Following his official visit McCain said the new center definitely meets his studying needs.

"I'm so excited about it," he said. "I can't wait. It almost makes you want to study when you see what they've got down there. It's just unbelievable.

"(Associate athletic director for student-athlete support services) Virgil Starks, the head honcho down there, is fired up about what he does and he's here to help us out," McCain added. "He's got his staff of tons of people that are in there to make sure we've got the kind of schedule that we need to have and that we're managing our time right and that we're getting it done in the classroom."

Andrew McCain is shown during a workout.

McCain, who committed to the Tigers in August, said that he had a great time with all aspects of the visits, including the parade and hanging out with the guys.

"It was absolutely unbelievable," he said of the parade. "You look at these guys and how hard they work and what they've accomplished. They deserve all of the recognition they're getting. It makes me want to work hard so that one day we can do the same thing those guys did. They set the standard and hopefully one day we can live up to that same standard.

"(Tight end) Cole Bennett was my player host," McCain added. "We hung out with John Vaughn and he's a real nice guy. Like I said, it's all good guys and everybody gets along and that's what I really like about it down here. Everybody gets along with the coaches and one another. They really treated us well and I appreciated it and enjoyed it as well."

McCain played tight end and defensive end for Briarwood High School in Birmingham. He has the frame and potential to play offensive line, but will come to Auburn as a tight end.

"I've been working out a whole lot," McCain said. "I wake up every morning and hit the weights and run after school and just try to get as ready as I can before I get down here. I want to be ready to hop in there and compete and just see what happens."

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