January 17, 2008

Tide staff visits McClain

It has been the roller-coaster recruitment of the year for the Alabama 2008 recruiting class, and the situation involving Anniston offensive lineman Antoine McClain changes on a daily basis. With Alabama offensive line coach Joe Pendy scheduled to visit McClain on Wednesday, where does the UA recruitment of McClain stand?

"There is just so much stuff involved with Alabama, I don't know where everything stands," said McClain. "I am not closing the door on them, but I have my visits scheduled now, and that is where I plan on going. I hear so many rumors about Alabama and their recruitment of me that I don't know what is the truth anymore. I know they are tight on scholarships, and I am not going to make a decision until Signing Day no matter what so it may not matter anyway.

"Right now, I don't have that good gut feeling about Alabama. Maybe that will change, but right now, I don't have it. What will it take for me to get that feeling? I have no idea."

Complicating McClain's thoughts on Alabama is the rumor pertaining to the future of Tide offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, who is reportedly interviewing with Texas this week.

Or is it?

"Coach Applewhite coming or going from Alabama isn't going to make a difference for me with Alabama," said McClain. "He isn't going to be my position coach anyway. Coach Applewhite is a funny guy and pretty nice, but that won't make or break Alabama's chances with me. I haven't really spoken with Coach Pendry too much other than a few calls and camp, but he is a pretty good dude."

McClain is schedule to visit Tennessee, Auburn and LSU in the next three weeks. This past weekend, McClain took a trip to Clemson for an official visit.

"Clemson was real cool," said McClain. "The town is real similar to Auburn. Just a nice country town. I haven't been able to get up there and see the school before, so I was excited about that. Coach (Dabo) Swinney has always been consistent and straight with me. He has always stayed in touch."

McClain played in the Under Armour All-Star game in Orlando over the holidays.

"That was real cool just getting to hang out with everyone like Jerrell (Harris) and bond with everyone," said McClain. "I played pretty good. The best guy I went up against was DaQuan Bowers. He has unreal speed. He is just a beast. Guys like that just make you get better."

McClain is BOL's 11th-ranked player in the state of Alabama.

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