Big Athlete Looking Hard At Tigers

This talented big man from Brentwood Academy in Nashville talks recruiting and his interest in Auburn.

Nashville, Tenn.--One of the top players in Tennessee has increased his offer total to 10 with the latest coming from the Auburn Tigers. Dual-threat Thad McHaney from Brentwood Academy is a 6-5, 235 defensive end/tight end that is getting looks from all over the country and says right now he's in no hurry to make a decision.

"I have offers from South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Marshall, Oregon, Oklahoma, Louisville, Ole Miss and Auburn," McHaney tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm just taking my time but I‘ll probably start narrowing it down pretty soon."

As a player at Brentwood Academy, McHaney says you have no choice but to know all about the Auburn Tigers and coach Tommy Tuberville's program. Players such as John Vaughn, Kody Bliss, King Dunlap and current Tiger A.J. Greene are all alums of BA and McHaney says that alone makes him want to give Auburn a very close look.

"I know it's a great program," McHaney says. "We have a bunch of players go down there so obviously they must be doing something right. Our staff has a lot of respect for them. I'm definitely looking into it and I'm curious as to how they run things down there. I plan on taking a visit down there soon.

Being recruited by most schools as a defensive end or tight end, McHaney says Auburn has been a little different in its approach as far as he's concerned. Looking down the road, McHaney says Auburn sees him as a future offensive tackle, something he's fine with.

"Auburn doesn't really know yet," McHaney says. "I could be a defensive end, a tight end, or an offensive tackle. They basically said I would redshirt a year and play tight end or defensive end that year. Then they would try to move me to offensive tackle depending on how big I get."

A part-time starter as a freshman and every day since his sophomore season, McHaney plays both offense and defense for BA with very good success. As a junior he made 37 tackles and 12 sacks from his defensive end while also added eight catches and a score from his tight end spot. Despite some pretty big numbers, McHaney says his natural talents can only get him so far and that's why he's working on becoming a more well-rounded player.

"My strengths are my quickness, my aggressiveness, my athleticism and my length," McHaney says. "I'm just trying to improve the technical stuff. Last year I just played off athleticism but this year I'm trying to get more technical."

McHaney took unofficial visits to Kentucky, Louisville and Ole Miss and says he plans to add Auburn to the list in either an official or unofficial capacity in the coming months. In addition to his duties on the football field, McHaney says he also plays basketball and participates in track for Brentwood Academy.

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