January 25, 2008

Decision time set for McClain

No recruiting subplot for the University of Alabama has had more ups and downs than that of Anniston offensive lineman Antoine McClain. While several things about his recruitment are still undecided, one thing that isn't up in the air is his decision date and time.

"We talked to our booster club Thursday morning, and we are going to have Antoine's announcement at 10 a.m. on Signing Day," said Anniston Coach Alex Wilson. "We are going to make this a big deal for him and our school because he deserves it and when someone signs to a major college football program, it can only be good for your school."

According to Wilson, most of McClain's remaining recruiting activies are set, including a visit to Auburn this weekend. The Tigers' new Offensive Coordinator Tony Franklin was at the school for an official visit on Thursday. McClain visited Tennessee last weekend and Clemson the weekend before that.

You can still pencil in a question mark, however, for McClain's final visit the weekend of February 2. McClain is tenatively scheduled to take an official to LSU that weekend, but Alabama has pushed hard to get McClain to reconsider and instead trip to Tuscaloosa.

"The situation with Alabama is day to day with Antoine," said Wilson. "Nothing has been set in stone and Alabama has not been eliminated. That is about all I can tell you other than Alabama has came on strong recently and really wants Antoine to come down there before Signing Day. Whether he does that or not, I am not sure, and it may be a last-minute decision."

A trio of Alabama coaches that included Kevin Steele, Joe Pendry and Kirby Smart visited McClain at Anniston this week.

"Things are getting crazy and there is a lot of pressure coming from different schools," said Wilson. "It is like a chess match. Each school is trying to one-up the other. I think Antoine is getting tired of the process and is ready for Signing Day to get here, but he still has work to do in order to make his decision. He has held up pretty good all things considered."

McClain barely missed the final version of the Rivals100, coming in at 108th nationally and rated the 13th overall offensive tackle in the country.

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