McClain Has Offers From Across the Southeast

Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee have all offered Antoine McClain.

Anniston, Ala.--Recruiting is heating up for Antoine McClain a 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman from Anniston High School.

McClain, who is potentially the top offensive lineman in the state of Alabama in this class of 2008, is up to 12 scholarship offers with the recent additions of Houston, Minnesota and Clemson to the long list.

Among the 12, the entire "Big Six" from the SEC has offered.

"There is some pressure to stay in state, but I'm not going to base my decision on that and I'm not going to let the pressure get to me," McClain explains. "I grew up a big fan of the SEC. That's what I do every Saturday is just sit around and watch football whenever it's on.

"I also grew up a fan of some ACC teams like Miami and Clemson. I'll probably stay in the SEC or ACC, but if someone like USC or UCLA gives me an offer I'll have to listen."

McClain took visits this spring to Auburn, Tuscaloosa and Knoxville and plans on going to summer camps at LSU and Georgia. He also plans on attending the combine in Atlanta later this spring.

McClain says that Auburn may have a slight advantage right now because he grew up a fan of the Tigers, but with so many top schools after his signature everything is wide open. He plans to have it narrowed down a bit heading into his senior season, but as of now where he signs is anyone's guess.

"I went to Auburn for their spring game and I got to meet a lot of the players and the offensive line," he explains. "That was the best part--talking to all of the guys and meeting the players. They're talking about me coming in and replacing King Dunlap at left tackle. I got to talk to Coach Tubs (Tommy Tuberville) and Terry Price. Coach Price talked to me and my parents for a while.

"I grew up a fan of Auburn and their colors," McClain continues. "They've got a really good program going on and I'm definitely interested. Coach (Nick) Saban has got things going at Alabama and I had a good time when I went to their scrimmage. I need to narrow it to a top five before the season starts. I might announce at the Army All-American Game if I get invited. If not I might just announce the night before signing day."

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