Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss 4-star Georgia linebacker Zakoby McClain, who will make a decision on Saturday, Sept. 9. McClain has never visited Baton Rouge, but should LSU be considered the favorite to land his commitment?
Decision forthcoming for 4-star LB Zakoby McClain
Sept. 9. Book it.
Zakoby McClain , a top 250 prospect in the Class of 2018 and the No. 16-ranked outside linebacker according to 247Sports, is set to commit on Saturday. LSU is one of his four finalists along with Auburn, Tennessee and West Virginia.
The 4-star Georgia linebacker has been sitting on his decision since July but is waiting for Saturday to go public with it.
So, how did he settle on one of those teams?
“I made that decision over the summer, in July, at the end of July, right before school started,” McClain told SEC Country. “It came down to academics, the program and the facilities, the education and all that. I just want to get it all out of the way to focus on my team getting another state championship.”
The 6-foot, 205-pound prospect has the Mountaineers as a finalist but indicated that LSU, Auburn and Tennessee are the three schools recruiting him the hardest. Auburn has long been considered the favorite for the Peach State native, but McClain couldn’t recall the last visit he made to The Plains.
LSU among 4 finalists
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has been leading the charge for McClain. Remember that a year ago, the Tigers swooped into Georgia to pluck Tyler Taylor out of Auburn and UGA’s backyard.
Taylor committed to the Tigers because of the glaring opportunity to play early, given the depth chart in Baton Rouge. That’s the same pitch that appeals to McClain.
“I like LSU and I like Coach Aranda,” he said. “He always texts me in the morning, ‘Good morning.’ He told me that they don’t have a lot of linebackers and that if I work hard, I’ve got a chance to come in and start.”
The holdup here is that McClain has yet to visit LSU’s campus. He was scheduled to make his way to Baton Rouge in July before the dead period but overslept and never made the trip.
Those plans should change soon, though. McClain is expected to be in town for LSU’s home opener against Chattanooga on Saturday, the same day he is supposed to make his commitment public.
“I’m looking for the way that the coaches coach, the players — seeing them — the fans and the atmosphere,” he said.
One X-factor: McClain’s cousin plays for the Tulane football team.
Tulane, of course, is located in New Orleans — about an hour down I-10 in from LSU’s campus. That would potentially give him a family member in the Bayou State, another piece to bolster the Tigers’ chances with the blue-chip linebacker.
“Well, I like the coaches and I like Coach Aranda,” said McClain, “and my cousin goes to Tulane and I can be close to him. I love the atmosphere and I heard the games are fine.”
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