"He has pretty good lateral quickness," said Shelby head coach Lance Ware. "He's a strong kid… He's a very smart player. I think he uses his size well. Probably something he could work on is finishing blocks at the point-of-attack, but I think that's going to come. He's a high character kid that sets a good example for his teammates."
McCauley played tight end as a freshman, but quickly out-grew the position and was moved to offensive tackle before his sophomore season. With Shelby switching its offense from a wing-t to a spread, he was moved to offensive guard.
"We found that we needed to get more movement in the interior, that's why we put our size inside," Ware said. "And also, we pull him and trap with him."
Although it has yet to offer a scholarship, Duke has expressed the most interest in McCauley. He's also being recruited by Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
McCauley didn't realize UNC was interested until late last week.
"My coach, he actually texted me Friday around 5 o'clock and he said that Carolina was expecting me to be up there [on Saturday] for the junior day," McCauley said. "That was all I heard from them, but I think my coach has been talking to their coaches for a while."
The junior day visit left a strong impression on McCauley.
"It impressed me a lot more than I thought it would," McCauley said. "I didn't really have an interest in North Carolina. But going up there and seeing the campus and meeting the coaches, it got me interested – very interested."
The visit got McCauley so interested that he now lists UNC as his favorite.
"Carolina is definitely sticking out," McCauley said. "I just really liked the football facilities and I liked the campus."
Before leaving Chapel Hill on Saturday, McCauley received a camp invitation from UNC offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic. Besides UNC, McCauley plans to camp at Clemson and Florida this summer.
During the past two summers McCauley has camped at Duke, NC State, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He also attended football games at Clemson and Duke last fall.
Ware projects McCauley as a guard or center on the collegiate level.
McCauley's father played offensive line for NC State in the mid-90s. In spite of that, McCauley grew up a Florida fan, because that's the team his step-father rooted for…. Besides football, McCauley throws the shot put and discus for Shelby's track and field team.