Birmingham (Ala.) Briarcrest Christian two-way starter Andrew McCain committed to Auburn three months ago, choosing to focus on his senior season rather than recruiting. It’s a decision he’s particularly happy with now, heading into the playoffs.
“It was a great relief to have the decision over with,” McCain said. “It was huge to have it over with right before the season, and it was fun to watch them all season. We start the playoffs this week, and hopefully we’ll hit it strong, win some games. I’ve been playing defensive end this year, and both tight end and full back on offense. I’m just trying to keep the right perspective about everything.”
While the tight end commit has received a few calls from other schools, he said that Auburn remains the one college in contact with him each week.
“I had grown up an Auburn guy, but I tried to put it out of my mind when I was making my decision because I knew I had to get rid of the fan factor,” he said. “I saw a lot of places and when it came down to it I just felt more comfortable at Auburn. I just liked the coaches, the facilities and the people there.”
With his mind made up, McCain has tried to pull some other top prospects to Auburn with him.
“One of my teammates, Charles Hoke, is considering Auburn, and it’d be nice for me if he came to Auburn,” McCain said. “For me, it was more just the guys on the team, with their character and demeanor, they made me feel comfortable. They’re the kind of guys I liked to be around, and a bunch of other activities at the school, like FCA [Fellowship of Christian Athletes], I like a lot.”
Auburn has considered McCain at both offense and defense, but the senior standout said that he committed as a tight end, and he anticipates playing there next year.
“They talked to me about both defense and offense, but I committed as a tight end so I think that’s where I’ll be,” McCain said. “I’ll play whatever the coaches want me to play, though, because I enjoy it all. I’m intense, and when it’s time to strap it on, I just get out there and get the job done. I get intense at game time.”