Mammoth Offensive Lineman Picks AU

Waiting until signing day to make his intentions known, this big offensive lineman signed with the Tigers Wednesday making it official.

Ellenwood, Ga.--Holding his choice a secret until he signed on the dotted line, 6-8, 316-pound offensive tackle Marcus McNeill from Cedar Grove High School ended all the suspense on Wednesday morning when he inked with the Auburn Tigers.

"Auburn is close to home," he says of why he picked Auburn. "They have a good football background and it would be easy for my parents to get to the games. They have a pretty decent engineering program in what I want to go into."

Marcus McNeill

Choosing coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers over North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia and others, McNeill was one of the more heavily recruited prospects in the South this year. With the size and quickness that made him a hot name with college recruiters, McNeill is one of the bigger pick-ups for the Tigers in this recruiting class.

He is a standout in three sports. McNeill is currently participating in basketball and will throw the shot putt for the track team in the spring.

The offensive tackle will join his high school teammate and fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Palmer in Auburn's 2002 freshman class.

At a signing ceremony at his school, where earlier this year he was named "Mr. Cedar Grove High School," McNeill put on an Auburn football jersey (number 78). He said recruiting was a tough process as he sometimes had between 100-200 phone calls a day as coaches from around the country tried to woo him to their universities.

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