September 22, 2007

McClain ready to decide

It has been a banner year for talent in the state of Alabama and Anniston offensive tackle Antoine McClain is among the most highly-touted prospects in state for the 2008 class. After receiving offers from nearly every major program in the Southeast, the four-star Rivals100 member is ready to get his decision behind him.

"I'm going to try and make a decision on Monday. I plan to talk to my mom and coaches and get everything set up when I get back from Alabama today. I'm going back for an unofficial visit and I hope to know more when I get home," McClain said. "I haven't made a decision yet but tomorrow I'll discuss the negatives of each program I'm looking at and the benefits of each school. All of the schools I have on my list are great but I'm ready to get this behind me.

McClain, 6-foot-6, 317 pounds, said he has not yet made any plans for announcing his decision but expects his high school coaches will arrange something for him.

"I don't know about a press conference or how I'll do it yet. That's what I want to do but I'm going to have my coach set everything up for me."

While McClain, the No. 12 offensive tackle the nation, has received offers nearly every top SEC program the battle for his signature is believed to be a two-school race between in-state powers Alabama and Auburn. McClain has visited both schools and feels good about both programs.

"I was at Alabama last week and had a great time. I like what Coach Saban is building and I feel like they are up and coming. I like Coach (Joe) Pendry and Coach (Major) Applewhite. I'm leaving for Tuscaloosa in a little while for the Georgia game. It's going to be fun," McClain said. "I went to Auburn earlier this year for a game and that crowd was great too. They need some offensive linemen and I like their coaches. I camped there and they taught me a lot.

"I've been to both schools a lot now so I have a good feel about each of them. There isn't a lot to complain about because they both have good programs and I like the academics and coaches. They both did a good job recruiting me."

McClain is the nation's No. 77 overall prospect and is rated the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of Alabama by He boasts a 320-pound bench max and a 415-pound squat max.

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