Antoine McClain, the 6-foot-6, 313-pound, four-star offensive tackle from Anniston, Ala., continues to deny a leader but favors Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn and LSU and has official visits scheduled to each. All of his favorites have offered (27 total).
"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.