Dwyer High School offensive tackle Patrick Miller made his first trip to the Plains to check out the 2010 national football champions and went home impressed after getting a feel for what the Auburn program has to offer.
"I love Auburn and I love Coach Grimes," he said of Jeff Grimes, the Tigers' highly-regarded offensive line coach. "He's the man. I love the facilities, but they were telling me how they were trashy and that they were getting new ones all next year so I was like, ‘Oh, my God.'
The 6-7, 260 pound tackle added, "It was a lot more than I thought it would be. I thought it would be kind of like a small or little kind of nowhere school, but not at all. I am pretty impressed with what I saw."
One of the highlights of his visit was the one on one time that he was able to spend with Grimes and head coach Gene Chizik.
"I spent a lot of time with Coach Grimes," the class of 2012 prospect said. "He's awesome. He asked me what I like in an offensive line and I told him that I want to be part of a tough offensive line, and that is exactly what his motto was. Then he pulled up a slide and showed me and that was the first thing that I saw was toughness. I was like ‘Hell yeah.'
"I talked to him (Chizik) for a good bit," Miller noted. "Him and my dad talked and my dad liked him a lot, too."
The trip to Auburn on Saturday will not be the last time that the tackle prospect takes a trip to check out the Tigers. Miller said he plans to return in the near future. "I definitely want to come back and check it out again. I am just excited right now. It's definitely going to be on top."
Now that he has a good feel for the Auburn program and a few other programs that he has already visited, Miller is still in no hurry to make a selection on his college choice. With no decision date on his mind, Miller plans on making his call "whenever I know."
"I don't want to keep anyone waiting on a decision if I know it in my head," he explained.
Florida, LSU, and Auburn are the three that I like."