Former LSU Commit High On AU Tigers

Louisiana standout Jeremy Hill talks about his visit to Auburn.

Baton Rouge, La.--One of the top running back prospects in the nation, 6-1, 229 Jeremy Hill was an early commitment to LSU but has since backed off that decision. Now back open once again, he took a visit to Auburn over the weekend and said Gene Chizik's Tigers are definitely in the picture for him.

"It went pretty good," Hill said. "I had a great time. I got in late Friday and it was a good banquet. I had a good time the whole weekend.

"It was really a great home atmosphere," he added. "It felt like family the whole time. The people are really nice and down to earth. I had a real good time. They're definitely in the top three right now. They're there with probably Florida State and Tennessee."

Despite living close to the LSU campus, Hill said that his decision to commit to the home state Tigers was a premature one and now that he's free again he's enjoying being able to see something new.

"I'm happy with my decision," Hill said. "I have the chance to open things up and explore my options. I can get a better feel at what I'm looking at and don't feel tied down."

Teammates with current LSU commitment and recent Auburn visitor La'el Collins, Hill said he got a pretty good feel about Auburn before he went on his visit. Now that both have seen Auburn he said they may go back together to get another feel for things because they've talked about playing together on the next level.

"He gave me a heads up," Hill said of Collins. "We're actually probably going back up there in January. He's definitely interested in Auburn.

"We talk about that every day," he added. "We'll just see how things play out. We'll figure that out on signing day."

Hosted by Eric Smith, Onterio McCalebb, Cam Newton and a host of Auburn players, Hill said the entire group had a good time just hanging out together. One of the biggest parts of the weekend for Hill was having the opportunity to watch the Tigers practice and see the lack of depth at running back for Auburn.

"It was real important to me," Hill said. "I actually got to see the running backs and see the drills they do and to see how fun practice is. I didn't expect practice to be that fun. They had a real good practice. I'm really excited to see them play.

"I didn't realize it was that little," Hill said of the depth in the backfield. "They only had three guys at running back and one fullback. It was fun to see that. It made me more interested in going there being the lack of depth they have."

With Auburn preparing to play for the BCS title on Jan. 10, Hill said that's one of the things that is very attractive about the Tigers. He said the offensive system and the numbers it puts up is fun to think about playing in down the road. Winning cures all though and right now the Tigers are very healthy.

"You don't want to go into a program that's not winning," Hill said. "It's really tough as a recruit to go somewhere and try to turn it around. Being in a program that is already successful makes your job that much easier."

In addition to Auburn and Alabama, Hill said he is looking at two more schools and may possibly visit a pair before making his decision on signing day.

"I probably want to visit Tennessee and Florida State in January. After that I'll see what I want to do."

As a senior Hill carried the ball 256 times for 2,200 yards and 40 touchdowns. He finished his career with around 7,000 career rushing yards.


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