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July 14, 2004

Headstrong Alabama DT doing his research

Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian's Andrew McCain is a big, smart, athletic defensive lineman, and several programs have extended scholarship offers to him.

McCain, 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, maintains a 4.0 GPA and has scored 31 on the ACT.

He piled up 67 tackles and 3 sacks last season for Briarwood Christian, and he tested well at several summer camps. His most recent trip was to Florida, and he went to Ole Miss, Auburn and North Carolina earlier.

College coaches love a prospect that can play and manages his time well in the classroom - evident by McCain's impressive list of suitors.

Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Ole Miss are among the programs that have extended offers. He also is interested in Alabama and others, but the Tide have yet to offer.

"To be honest, [I don't have any favorites]," McCain said. "I'm just trying to figure out this camp thing. My goal was to go to as many camps and talk to as many coaches as I could."

McCain is finished camping, but he wants to take some official visits before making a decision. Since he did not visit Arkansas for a camp, he is interested in taking a visit to Fayetteville.

"I want to get up there sometime in the fall and take a closer look," he said. "I came up to Fayetteville to see a game…great atmosphere and good fans…it was a high-energy crowd. It was impressive."

McCain was just 14 when he went to the Arkansas game, and he said he could not remember the team the Hawgs were playing, but he better remembers the recent events with Arkansas.

"Well, obviously they run a good program. They're always competitive and at the top of the SEC," McCain said. "Coach [Mike] Markuson came by in the spring and I talked to him once on the phone. He continues to send me mail. He's a great guy and Fayetteville's a great town."

McCain said he would like to take some official visits and would like to come to a decision after a couple of months, but he is not going to make a decision unless he feels totally comfortable.

"Whenever I feel like I'm comfortable with it. I think an early commitment can be a good thing. It can relieve a lot of pressure," he said. "If I know in two months, I'll be ready to commit. Then, if I don't know till January, then I just won't know till then."

McCain runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. His bench press max is 300 pounds and his squat is 480. He has vertical leaped 29 inches, and he maneuvers the shuttle in 4.5 seconds.

McCain said he will sit down and decide which institutions he wants to visit for sure.

"I'm just going to weigh the pros and cons of each," he said.


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