At six-foot-four and 240 pounds, he has the size to play on the defensive front in college. A prospect who had more than 100 offers of college scholarships, he strongly flirted with the Ohio State Buckeyes before deciding on a collegiate marriage with the Auburn Tigers.
McClover committed to the Buckeyes on a recruiting trip to the defending national champs, but had a change of heart after returning home and decided to keep the Auburn pipeline to Dillard High School running. He will join former Dillard standout Junior Rosegreen on the 2003 roster.
Auburn defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has been looking for athletic pass rushing types and McClover fits that description. The Tigers have been recruiting him heavily since he was very impressive at a 2002 AU summer football camp. With 4.6 speed in the 40, McClover put together a big senior season after moving from offensive tackle, where he started as a junior for Dillard.
"I think one valuable thing that sets me aside from everybody is I've got a lot of speed," McClover says. "You know, I can set people up real quick. I hit all the speed rushes. Then they go and jump on the speed slot and I take them inside. Speed kills, you know. I am not big and I need something to set me apart from everybody else and that is my speed."
In addition to his quickness, McClover is impressive in the weight room, too. He bench presses 415 pounds and is a rare three-year starter at Dillard.