Coach Likes Big OL's Potential

Anniston High's coach discusses his offensive line recruit Antoine McClain.

Anniston, Ala.--New Anniston High School head football coach Alex Wilson has a major rebuilding assignment this season.

He inherits a team that won just one game last year, but he also will be coaching one of the state's top prospects, six-foot-six, 310-pound rising senior offensive tackle Antoine McClain.

McClain says that his new coach is more demanding and that is just fine with the big lineman.

"We had to do some things different because the players told me in the past they were able to do what they wanted to do," Wilson says. "I had to set down the law."

One player he hasn't had to worry about getting with the program is McClain. "Antoine is a good kid," Wilson says. "He adjusted to the new system. We have incorporated a new blocking scheme.

"As far as I have seen, he is close to Andre Smith (current University of Alabama offensive lineman). Andre finished and that is what I am trying to instill in him--play to the whistle."

McClain, who has 14 scholarship offers with the latest one coming from FSU, plans to be on the Auburn campus July 14th for a one-day camp. The Tigers have offered a scholarship and are one of the colleges he is seriously considering.

Anniston's coach says he has no doubt that McClain will be a key player for his team this fall. "We are going to get him in the weight room and get him a little bit stronger, get him in the best condition he can be in and hopefully we can get him to develop more of a leadership role on the team," Wilson says. "Antoine is a great kid. He is level-headed and down to earth."

McClain says he is eager to try to be a leader and see his team improve. "My goals this year are team goals," the offensive tackle says. "As a senior class, we want to have a season to remember and set a standard for others to follow."

The big tackle says that Wilson is making a positive difference. "We are going to be pretty good," McClain predicts. "We have a stern coach. He is driving us with an iron fist."


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