AUBURN, Ala. — It took only one visit to Auburn’s campus for 2018 linebacker target Zakoby McClain to name the Tigers his leader.
McClain, a 4-star linebacker from Valdosta, Ga., attended Auburn’s scrimmage Saturday. It was his first time on campus since receiving an offer on March 7.
It was a home run experience.
“Auburn done took No. 1,” McClain said. “(The Tigers’ lead) is kind of big.”
Other schools in the chase for McClain: LSU, South Carolina and Oregon.
With Auburn in the lead, the Tigers are in good shape as the No. 15 outside linebacker in the nation nears a decision. He’s not certain when he will decide, but admitted he “maybe wants to be done in August.”
McClain’s relationship with linebackers coach Travis Williams left the biggest impression following the Saturday visit.
“I’ve gotten real close with him. He’s cool. He’s nice and laid back. He keeps it real with you. He doesn’t sugarcoat it,” McClain said. “I just like the coaches. My dad wants a father-figure type coach. They’ve got that.”
With McClain at 6-foot-1 and 199 pounds, it’s fair to say he is on the small end of the linebacker spectrum.
That perception drives him.
McClain said that’s why he feels like his game compares to a former college football great.
“Ryan Shazier. Speed, ain’t scared to hit. I’m a leader,” McClain said.