Linebacker Gets AU Offer, Talks Visit

Talented linebacker Markuss Eligwe talks about his trip to Auburn for a junior day on Saturday.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--A talented player that is quickly becoming a hot commodity on the recruiting trail, 6-2, 215 linebacker Markuss Eligwe took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Saturday for a junior day and said the Tigers are very much in the picture for him after seeing coach Gene Chizik's program up close and personal.

"Auburn is a nice place," Eligwe said. "Very beautiful with a family atmosphere. Everything felt so nice. Everybody was nice and we collaborated. They have nice facilities. The dorms are nice. It's a beautiful place. It's the home of the national championship for 2010."

The visit for Eligwe just happened to come one day after Auburn became the latest offer for the speedy linebacker. He said for him it was one of the highlights so from a very distinguished group of schools.

"Auburn makes it 13 offers," he said. "It felt very good. I received it on Friday and I just felt honored. "My other offers are Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, South Carolina, Illinois, Virginia Tech, South Florida, that's all I can remember right now."

Still very early in the process Eligwe said that Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Virginia Tech would be the early favorites for him as he begins to narrow things down heading into the spring and summer.

One of the reasons Auburn is in the running according to Eligwe is because of the coaching staff. With a good relationship with recruiting coach Tommy Thigpen already, he said he got to know defensive coordinator Ted Roof more on Saturday and he likes what he sees out of the former Georgia Tech standout.

"We went over some linebacker film and talked about a lot of stuff," he said. "We really got to know each other better. He's a nice guy. He really knows what he's talking about. He knows the position and coaches it well. He has sent a lot of guys to the NFL."

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