Big 6-4, 286 Jafar Mann is considered a potential game-changer on the next level at defensive tackle, a position that is perhaps the toughest to fill for college coaches. With offers from all over the 2012 standout said coach Gene Chizik's Tigers are in his top four along with Florida, Tennessee and Miami.
"It's like my fourth time being there," Mann said. "I pretty much have checked out the campus already. I'm trying to get more information on the defensive coaches and what coach they are going to bring in so I can try to get a good grasp on my decision. I always enjoy going to Auburn. They show me a good time. I'll be back during the spring and probably catch another game.
The replacement for the departed Tracy Rocker is perhaps the biggest thing on Mann's mind concerning Auburn at the moment. The guy who would have been his position coach, Mann said Rocker's departure has left a few questions for him but Auburn's staff is still one he feels very good about.
"Me and coach Rocker had a strong relationship," Mann said. "I'm not going to lie, I could see myself playing for him. When he left it hurt me but I'm happy for him. He's going to the NFL to try to get that Super Bowl after getting the national championship.
"The coaches are like family especially the head coach," he added. "He's a real cool, cool, cool person. Auburn is right there at the top but I'll be able to tell you more about them after I find out who the defensive line coach is."
Having an opportunity to sit down and talk with Chizik, Mann said he got a good feel for what the coach and the program is all about. He added that he wanted to find out about the defensive line coach and got a few answers.
"He told me he's trying to get the best of the best," Mann said. "He said he's not going to be as good as Tracy Rocker he's going to be better. I'm hoping he can find a good one so I can think about my decision. He said in the next couple of days I should know who it is. I got to talk to coach (Ted) Roof and he said the same thing. He said they're trying to get a great defensive line coach.
"He (Chizik) was giving me some pointers on how to leave with a ring because it's my last year," Mann said. "Four years and I haven't gotten a ring so I'm trying my hardest to get one. I saw how the season was for them, they are world champions. He said he just wants to see me at Auburn."
Saying he'll wait until on or around signing day before making his decision, Mann said he wants his teammates to get as much recognition as they can along with him so they can all go to the next level.
"I don't want to be a standout person in my class," Mann said. "I want to make a decision with my team because I'm a team player. I don't want to be a standout recruit."