Tigers Interest Florida Lineman

This standout performer from the Florida panhandle talks recruiting and about his senior season.

Pensacola, Fla.--A growing prospect who put together a strong senior football season says that he has a top five at the moment with no college in the lead.

Defensive tackle Terrell McClain has gained notoriety and a lot of size since his junior season and that has schools all over the South hoping to get his signature on signing day.

"I'm hearing from Auburn, Alabama, South Florida, North Carolina State and Maryland," McClain tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have offers from all of them. I plan to get my official visits in January for all of them."

Growing up just outside the state of Alabama, McClain says he's very familiar with Auburn's program. Even though he's never visited the campus he says he has many things he likes about the Tigers and he's anxious to see things on his official visit.

"I know they have a good program and a good coaching staff," McClain says. "They've got guys that were in the NFL and that makes them even better. I know how the players play because I have seen some of their games. I just think it's a good program."

Despite not making the playoffs this season with an 8-2 record, Pensacola had a good year on the field and so did McClain. Playing defensive tackle as well as seeing limited time at tight end and even some fullback, the 6-2, 300 McClain finished his senior season with 66 tackles and eight sacks. Those numbers were good enough to get him invited to play in an all-star game in Louisiana featuring some of the top players in the country.

As a junior McClain had a great year for a defensive lineman with 65 tackles, eight sacks and one forced fumble. He attended both the Nike Camp in Gainesville and Alabama's football camp over the summer. He was a three-year starter for Pensacola.

After playing as a junior at around 265 pounds McClain says he has gotten bigger in the last year. At the beginning of his senior season he weighed in at 285 pounds and says that he's now up to 300 pounds. Although he has gained a significant amount of weight in 12 months McClain says he feels good about how he plays with the bigger body.

"I didn't really try to gain weight, it just happened," McClain says. "It didn't really change my game. It did make me bigger and stronger and harder to move. I kept my quickness."

Being recruited for the Tigers as a defensive tackle by linebacker coach James Willis, McClain says several teams have been in to visit him recently including South Florida and Alabama. McClain says his academics are in good order.


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