Lineman Says The Time May Be Near

One of the top players in Georgia says he may be ready to make a decision this week.

Ellenwood, Ga.--The end is almost in sight for mammoth offensive tackle Marcus McNeill. At least it looks that way following his trip to Georgia Tech over the weekend.

With just one more possible visit coming up to either Clemson or Georgia on Feb. 2, the 6-8, 316-pounder with 4.98 speed in the 40-yard dash from Cedar Grove High says that he may make a decision this week and get it all over with.

"I'm still pretty wide open," McNeill tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I was hoping to make a decision this week, but I don't know, I might. There's nothing that can really happen this week, it's just something I have to feel about them. There's really nothing someone can do to make me feel it."

Considering Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee, Miami and others, McNeil had a chance to visit the Yellow Jackets and new head coach Chan Gailey over the weekend and says it went well. Hosted by several players in Atlanta, including linebacker Keyaron Fox, McNeill says, "It went pretty well. I just liked the people. They were wonderful people."

Marcus McNeill is a tall and talented prospect.

A visitor to Auburn last weekend for an official visit, the four-year starter on the offensive line for Cedar Grove says the Tigers are squarely in the picture for his services at the moment. One of the factors that makes Auburn high on his list is something that Tiger fans recognize as one of the many strong points to consider when looking to attend Auburn.

"I really like the small town atmosphere," he says. "That's something I might be looking for. It's not that it's small, but it's not as busy as Atlanta."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Something else McNeill is considering is playing with his current high school teammate ,Jonathan Palmer, in college. An official visitor to Auburn over the weekend, the 6-6, 312 pound Palmer is considered one of the biggest offensive line late-bloomers in the South this season. With schools such as Notre Dame and Ohio State trying to make a late push at Palmer, he has quickly become one of the hot late season prospects. With both garnering attention from schools all over the country, McNeill says that it might be fun to stay teammates but it's not imperative. "We would like to play together," McNeill says of hooking up with Palmer. "We're not scared to separate or anything, though." That may come into play as both Georgia Tech and Auburn are interested in the pair along with North Carolina and Clemson.

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