Pressure Off For McKissic

Signing day and the days afterwards were filled with pressure for Alabama standout Jacquez McKissic as he tried to decide between the Tigers and the Wolfpack. With the decision in the rearview mirror, the talented defender is eager to start his college experience.

DL Jacquez McKissic
6-7, 250, 4.8
Opelika High School
Opelika, Alabama

The 6-7, 250 pound defender is working hard in the weight room and as a member of the track team. "I'm basically working on lifting weights," said McKissic in a recent interview with "I run every once in a while. I'm on the track team. We go to state this week. I'm doing the discus and shotput."

Coach Swinney keeps in close contact with the future Tiger. "I talked to Coach Swinney yesterday. He was just checking up on me. He was asking how I'm doing in school and track."

When asked if everything is going well in the classroom, McKissic responded, "It's going good right now. I'm going to go up for summer school. I believe it begins on June 28. They wanted me to do it. Whatever works best is fine with me."

The defensive end plans is also ready to show the coaching staff what he can do. "I'm just ready to get on campus and prove myself. I want to show I can play."

McKissic and his current teammate and future Tiger Adrian Kindred traveled to Clemson earlier this spring to see one of the scrimmages. "I went up to see the scrimmage the week before the spring game. Adrian and I went up together."

February was a very stressful time for Jacquez and his family as he struggled with his decision. "I'm glad the pressure is off. It's one of the best feelings to get that pressure off."

The coaching staff has told Jacquez that he will be playing defensive end for the Tigers. We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding defensive lineman, right up through the start of practice in August. Top Stories