September 16, 2007

McClain amazed with Capstone trip

Anniston offensive tackle Antoine McClain remains one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state of Alabama with several schools still thought to be heavily in play for the 6-foot-6, 317-pound lineman. Last Saturday, McClain was in attendance for the Crimson Tide's big win over the Arkansas Razorbacks and the visit may have changed McClain's perspective on UA.

"I was amazed. The crowd was unbelievable. This was an eye-opening event for me. It's the first Alabama game I've been to and it was unbelievable. That crowd was just crazy. They stood up and yelled the whole time. I've never heard anything like that," McClain said. "It was so loud the whole time and then when Alabama scored to win it was even louder. You could feel the excitement running through the stadium. I got caught up in it and when they scored I celebrated too. I was very happy about it and the whole place just went wild. It was special."

McClain also got the opportunity to spend some time with head coach Nick Saban before the game and came away impressed with what the Tide coach had to say.

"I talked with Coach Saban before the game. I like him because he isn't recruiting me all the time. He asked about my season and some personal things. Just a normal conversation and he wanted to make sure that I was having a good time," McClain said. "I talked to Coach (Major) Applewhite and he told me the same thing. Some of the other coaches came by to say hello but you could tell they had their game faces on because it was close to kickoff. I liked that about them."

McClain also got a chance to talk with some of the current Tide players as well as some of the Tide's other top recruiting targets on Saturday.

"I talked to Andre Smith after the game and Antoine Caldwell. I told them they did a great job of giving JP (Wilson) time to throw the ball. They played well and I think they are a strong group," McClain said. "After the game I hung out with Jerrell (Harris) and Dre (Kirkpatrick) and we talked about the game, hung out and ate. Overall it was just a good trip and a great first impression for an Alabama game."

McClain's trip to Tuscaloosa has put Alabama in good shape with the nation's No. 12 offensive tackle prospect.

"I'm mostly looking at Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn and Florida. Those are the main schools and I would say they are all pretty close to even because I want to be fair and visit all of them first," McClain said. "Alabama was the best trip so far but I've also been to Auburn and Georgia. I hope to visit the rest soon. I don't want to make a decision until after I make all my visits and I would love to see each one on gameday."

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