"I'm still pretty open," McClain said. "I haven't taken any official visits yet and I won't really have a favorite until I can take some trips. It's gonna go down to the end and I probably won't announce my decision until Signing Day."
McClain, ranked as the No. 8 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, takes his first official visit on Jan. 11 to Clemson. "I haven't been up there yet," McClain said. "I heard a lot of good things about the campus and that it's a lot like Auburn. They have pretty good tradition and it's supposed to be a fun college town."
Next McClain then heads to Tennessee on Jan. 18 and to local favorite Auburn on Jan. 25. "Auburn is a great environment for football," he said. "They have really good fans and I like the tradition and all the support they have. People love that team. It's a good college town too."
McClain's final official visit will be to LSU on Feb. 2. "I really like head coach Les Miles," he said. "He's a great guy and a good coach and has done an amazing job there. They are a top team every year and are playing for another national championship this year.
"I was worried when I heard that he might be going to Michigan, but after I found out that coach Miles was staying for sure, LSU was back in my top five."
McClain, who denies any parental preferences, says he never followed a specific school as a youngster. "I just love college football."
He credits himself with over 50 pancake blocks and 17 tackles during Anniston's 4-6 season.