Big OL Enjoys Auburn Junior Day Visit

This talented offensive lineman from the Nashville area talks about his trip to Auburn for a recent junior day.

Nashville, Tenn.--Playing for one of the top programs in Tennessee at Montgomery Bell Academy, big offensive lineman Blake Bars has already received attention from all over the Southeast after a strong junior year.

At 6-6, 265, Bars came into his own in 2010 as the starting right tackle for MBA after playing sparingly as a sophomore. The video of his play last season is what has coaches high on his ability and upside as a player, including Auburn. He says while he doesn't have an offer yet from the Tigers he thinks one could be coming at any time.

"I talked to Coach (Gene) Chizik and he said they really liked me and really liked my film," Bars says. "He said they would be in touch next week. I'm looking forward to that and looking forward to seeing a little bit more of Auburn.

"It's possible," he adds about an offer. "You kind of get those messages when you meet with the offensive line coach and the coordinator. I'm not expecting it, but hopefully it's coming real soon."

Visiting Auburn for the first time on Saturday, Bars notes that he got a great feeling for not only the program and coaching staff but also the campus and surrounding city. Everything about it impressed him he said and he's anxious to take another look as soon as possible.

"I really enjoyed the time I spent up there," Bars says. "The coaches are awesome. The facilities are awesome. They really made the trip personable. It was just a great experience overall. I'm hoping to go back again and visit more when it's a one-on-one basis with them. I think I'm going to take that next step.

"It was my first trip to Auburn and seeing the facilities and the whole complex is just amazing," he adds. "I saw the work they are doing on the field and the new facilities they are putting in. Obviously when you're a championship team you get those. The campus looks awesome. I saw the dorms and new areas. It just looks awesome."

One of the reasons for Bars' high interest in the Tigers is because of offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. Already showing that he's not only a terrific football coach but a very valuable recruiter, Grimes definitely made an impact on Bars.

"Coach Grimes is the man," Bars says. "He made it really personable. He really made it feel like you want to go to Auburn. Before we left he said he had to go to a team meal he was making for a bunch of the players. He's definitely a guy I could see playing for because he spent that personal time with me. I can tell he's a really good coach."

While Auburn is a possibility for an offer the Tigers are already behind a half dozen schools that have pulled the trigger on the big and athletic lineman. He says that right now he's just focusing on learning as much as possible about the different schools all the while picking up more potential suitors every day.

"So far I have six offers," Bars says. "I have offers from Vanderbilt, Boston College, Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas State and Louisville," he says. "I have been invited to a lot of junior days like Auburn. I hope it will continue from here and keep going in a positive direction."

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