Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern High School standout athlete Gerald McRath is close to gaining some offers and has started trimming his list of favorites. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker said one team now leads for his services, with four other teams in the mix.
“My leader is probably Auburn, but I am also looking at Southern Miss, North Carolina, Florida, and Clemson,” he said. What stands out about these schools?
“At Auburn, the players they have graduating,” he explained. “They have a need for my position, and only signed one linebacker last year. That is the biggest reason.
“Southern Miss, just the way they play defense. They have a good coaching style, and play really good defense.
“North Carolina, I always liked that school. I have always been a fan growing up. I like watching on them on TV, the atmosphere, and the way they play every week.
“Florida, I don’t know too much about them, but they are rebuilding, and I would like to be a part of that. They play good football every year.
“Clemson, I don’t know too much, either. I haven’t talked to them yet, but they are a good program coming up.”
Gerald spent his summer showing off his wares at various camps. He went to the First And Ten Camp with the Atlanta Falcons, the Auburn seven-on-seven camp, the Nike Camp at Auburn, and also went to West Georgia, Georgia, and Southern Miss. He is still waiting on offers, but wants to make a decision by the end of September, or early October.
As a junior, Gerald recorded 130 tackles and eight sacks and was selected all-region. He also made it to the final four of the state wrestling championship in his weight class, and ran on the McEachern 4x100 relay team in the state track and field meet.
McRath projects as a full qualifier with a 2.67 GPA. He is scheduled to take the ACT in September and the SAT in October, and is leaning toward majoring in business or engineering.