At 6-foot-8 and 310, Ellenwood (Ga) Cedar Grove offensive tackle Marcus McNeil is coming off an outstanding season on the gridiron, while enjoying an excellent season in basketball, and gearing up for a run at the state title in track.
He's averaging 14 points per game on the hardwood, and after finishing second in the state in the shot put last spring, he hopes to win that event this year.
"We got Tennessee coming up this weekend," he said. "Coach Fulmer told me a couple weeks ago that they're now recruiting me as a tight end. He said they love how I run for someone my size. I've never played tight end, so I like the challenge. Then on the 18th, I go to Auburn. They were like the first ones to start recruiting me real hard and that hooked me early on. Then I go to Miami on the 26th. I've always liked Miami and they have so much talent that it would be fun blocking for those guys. I grew up a Canes fan, and I even had the little Canes uniform that I used to wear all the time until I grew out of it."
A full academic qualifier, McNeil says he's still considering North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Georgia as well.
"I may visit Georgia now sometime during the middle of the week," he said. "I recently changed my mind on my major and now that puts Georgia back in the running. But they're not at the top of my list."
So who is at the top for this super talented offensive lineman?
"Miami and North Carolina are tied for the lead right now," he said. "Then Georgia Tech is probably in third."
McNeil talked about why he's so interested in the Hurricanes.
"Watching the Rose Bowl just reminded me that Miami is always on top," he said. "Looking at the team they have coming back, I think they're going to win the national championship next season so if I go there, I can get a ring."
Personally, it sounds like more than ever that McNeil is very strongly considering becoming a Hurricane. Getting the last visit is very important as well, so the Canes might be in very good shape here. Having watched McNeil on tape last week, he's clearly everything you want in an OL prospect. He has the necessary footwork, wing-span, and athletic ability to be an outstanding left tackle at the college level.
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