Recruit Recruiting for The Tigers

Thomas O'Reilly talks about his fun-filled weekend on his official visit to Auburn.

Marietta, Ga.--It's doubtful that any of the recruits who were in Auburn over the weekend to check out the Tigers' SEC football victory over Georgia enjoyed Auburn's 49-31 victory any more than Thomas O'Reilly.

An Auburn offensive line commitment from Pope High School, he says the whole weekend was a memorable one for him.

"I am in the middle of Dawg country, but I have bragging rights,"?he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have a lot of friends who are Georgia fans. Of course, at halftime my phone exploded with text messages saying what is up with your boys, what is going on? Then it was awesome what happened."

Auburn trailed 21-7 after one quarter, but rallied to tie the game 21-21 by halftime and then outscored the Bulldogs 28-10 in the second half to improve to 11-0 for the season and 7-0 in the SEC while clinching the SEC West championship.

"The whole visit was awesome," says O'Reilly, who notes that he really enjoys watching Auburn's offensive line in person. "What they are doing is awesome. They have put up over 3,200 rushing yards this season."

Thomas O'Reilly

Scheduled to graduate from high school on Dec 17th, O'Reilly plans to start taking Auburn classes in January. "I can't wait to get to Auburn," he says. "I am ready to move on from high school." He notes that he has talked to the Auburn coaches about getting to campus in time for some of the bowl practices.

One of six prospects in Auburn on official visits over the weekend, O'Reilly says he spent time trying to recruit those players to be his teammates.

"I hung out with Greg Robinson a good bit," O'Reilly says of the offensive tackle from Thibodaux, La., High. "He is a big, big Auburn target," O'Reilly says. "We spent a lot of time with each other over the weekend. I showed La'el Collins, a big offensive lineman from Louisiana, around the campus.

"Another guy I got to talk to was running back Tre Mason," O'Reilly says. "It was actually pretty cool hanging out with him because he has never seen Toomer's Corner. He was ecstatic and had a blast. He could actually throw TP (toilet paper) in a tree and not get in trouble." Mason says that Auburn is now his favorite.

O'Reilly notes that he also hung out with linebacker Jake Holland, his player host, and spent time with head coach Gene Chizik.

A four-year starter at Pope High in Marietta, O'Reilly just finished his high school playing days. "We ended our season last Friday night," he says. "We made it to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. We ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs. We finished up 7-3 so that was a big improvement from my freshman year when I started on the varsity. We were just 1-9 that year. Then my sophomore year we were 4-6 and then my junior year we were 6-4. We ended up being 7-3 and we were nine points away from being 9-1."

The official visit couldn't have been better, O'Reilly says. "If I hadn't already been committed, I would have committed during the weekend."

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