Fahrenkrug Likes His Weekend In Auburn

Big junior college offensive lineman Jacob Fahrenkrug discusses his official visit to Auburn.

Jacob Fahrenkrug said on Sunday that he has narrowed his college choices to Auburn, Arkansas and Florida State and should have a decision soon on where he will enroll for classes next month.

The 6-4, 320-pound junior college offensive guard gave his official visit to Auburn from Friday to Sunday a thumbs up review.

With Auburn graduating starting guards Mike Berry and Byron Isom, the lineman said the situation at Auburn is one that interests him.

"As a junior college player you only have two years to play," he said. "You have to go somewhere where you have the best opportunity to start."

Auburn Coach Gene Chizik has said that when he signs junior college players it is a big plus to have guys who graduate early and can participate in winter workouts and spring training. Fahrenkrug said he understands why that is important to coaches. "Junior college guys, if they can get out in a year and a half, that is only going to raise their stock in recruiting," he noted.

Although Chizik was in New York City on Saturday and Sunday for the Heisman Trophy events with quarterback Cameron Newton winning the award, the offensive guard did have the opportunity to get to know the head coach. "We had dinner on Friday night before he flew up to New York," Fahrenkrug said. "I talked to him this (Sunday) morning on the phone. He is a great coach, a family guy. It is family, God and football down here. That is what I got from him."

Asked what he is looking for in his college choice, the native of Minnesota said, "A great family feel, the atmosphere. The coaches and the coaching staff and my mother. She is going to play a big factor in that."

He headed back from Auburn to spend time with his mother to talk about where he will sign. How do the Tigers rating in his pecking order?

"Auburn is pretty up high on my list," the offensive guard said. "Signing day is Wednesday so I am going to have to do some real soul searching and see where God is going to take me."

Playing for the North Dakota State College of Science, Fahrenkrug noted that he played guard and a "little center, too," but said that guard is his favorite spot.

He pointed out that he really enjoyed spending time with Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. "I sat down with Coach Grimes and we watched a whole lot of film," Fahrenkrug said. "He invited me over to his house for dinner with his family. We watched the Heisman. We watched Cam winning the Heisman, which was very exciting."

Asked what he liked best about the trip, he said, "Sitting down with Coach Grimes and watching some football. I am all about football. I love watching film and technique and all of that stuff."

Senior offensive lineman Jorrell Bostrom was Fahrenkrug's player host for the weekend. "Jorrell is a great guy, a wonderful guy," he said.

Fahrenkrug also said he likes Grimes. "He is a great guy, a family man. He knows his football. You can really talk to him."

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