Big Lineman Has Tigers In Top Three

Massive offensive tackle Vadal Alexander talks about his visit to Auburn for a junior day and where the Tigers stand.

Buford, Ga.--Four-star offensive tackle Vadal Alexander made his second trip to Auburn on Saturday as he visited for a junior day on the Plains. After being on hand for the Tigers' win over LSU last season he said it was tough to top that experience but his recent trip may have done it.

"It was great," Alexander said of his visit. "I got to meet all the coaches. I got to sit down and talk with the offensive coordinator (Gus Malzahn) and coach (Jeff) Grimes. I got to talk to coach (Gene) Chizik. It was a great experience. I loved it a lot.

"I came to the LSU game and that was one of the most exciting games to come to," he added. "It was a great atmosphere and I love the people. Sitting in the stands you can tell everybody loves the Auburn Tigers and War Eagle and all that. I just loved it. It was a great experience."

Players often get a chance to experience a game and that's their first taste of a school and campus. That was true for Alexander and he said now that he's seen both sides of what Auburn is all about it gives him a better idea of the Tigers.

"It was two completely different visits but I loved both of them," Alexander said. "I got to get both sides of a day. I got a football game and then today I got the whole overall picture of academics and getting more personal with the coaches. I'm going to be with them if I go there 24-7 so that was great."

With offers from all over the country, the 6-6, 305 Alexander has his choice of just about any school and has had Alabama and LSU very high on his list for some time. He said following his visit to Auburn the Tigers are now in that elite group.

"Auburn is one of the top," Alexander said. "I have been to LSU. I have been to Alabama. I have been to Auburn. Those schools are at the top of the list right now. I love all three of them. I love everything about them. I don't know when I'm going to cut down the list of who is at the very top but those three schools are pretty high right now."

Saying he visited with most of the coaches on the staff at some point on Saturday, Alexander said the group recruiting effort that the Tigers use is something that is unique and also something he enjoys.

"It's great because it's like a family," Alexander said. "They all care. They all want to know you and get to know you and show you how much they care. It's a better way (of recruiting). I like it a lot."

With a decision to make sometime down the road between now and next February, Alexander said there are several factors that will go into his ultimate choice of a school.

"It's definitely the relationship because that's what life is about, the relationships," Alexander said. "I would say it's also about the coaches and how good the coaches are, how good the team is. Of course Auburn is the best right now so that's not a problem.

"It's also about the environment and the people, can I go to the school if I didn't play football. I think that's important. I also think teammates play a part, are they good people I'll be spending my time with. Those are all factors in my decision."


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