Georgia Tech has already extended a scholarship offer to McRae, a 6-3, 285-pound center. McRae runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds, bench presses 305 pounds and squats 455.
"Tech has offered, and I'm hearing from schools like Georgia, Alabama, Florida, NC State and South Carolina," he said. "It's too early for me to talk about leaders or anything, so I'll just say that there are a whole lot of schools out there.
"I've visited Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Georgia and Auburn already, so I've got some other schools to see before I'll make my decision. I'm not sure when that's going to be."
In February the Pack secured the commitment of Thomas Barnes – a teammate of McRae at Dublin. Will that have an impact on McRae's decision?
"I don't know how big that will end up being, but he and I are real close. He hasn't been trying to sway me too much, but he did say one time that he really hoped I would go to school up there with him. I know he was real impressed with State."
With good size and quickness McRae has the potential to play any one of several positions at the next level.
"I think I'm probably going to play center in college," he said. "I play center and defensive line right now, but I've heard center so far. That could change, but I'm comfortable there. I do a good job of finishing my blocks, and I have a good feel for what's going on around me all the time."
What will be the biggest factors in McRae's decision?
"Academics will be the first thing I look at. That comes before anything else. Then I'll look at how strong the football program is. I know there are a lot of places out there where you can get a good education but play big-time football. That's what I'm looking for."