Tight End Prospect Talks Tigers

Tight end Justin Meredith discusses his visit to Auburn for Junior Day and what he likes about the Tigers.

Anderson, S.C.--One of the top tight end prospects in the South, Hanna's Justin Meredith took a visit to Auburn on Saturday to attend a Junior Day and get a closer look at Gene Chizik's program. Watching a practice, taking tours, and sitting down with the coaching staff to talk football, Meredith said he enjoyed the full experience.

"It went great," Meredith said. "I got to meet the coaches. That was the first time I've met them in person. It was the first time I've been down there. I got to check them out and they got to check me out and see how our personalities go together. That was great.

"I also saw the facilities and what they are planning on doing with the weight room and expanding it. We broke down a little game film to see how they use the tight end and they actually do use the tight end. That was good to see. We got to talk to some players in a player panel to see how things really happen at Auburn. That's about it."

Getting an offer from Auburn a few weeks ago, the three-star prospect said he wasn't sure what to expect when he took the trip but he's glad he made the visit.

"I had a great time," Meredith said. "I didn't really know too much about Auburn before going down there being from South Carolina. They informed me of a lot of things and I got to see a lot of good things. I was most impressed by the coaches, coach (Jay) Boulware, just all of them and how they run that place."

With 14 offers at the moment from schools such as Clemson, Florida, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee, Meredith said he doesn't have a top list at the moment but he added Auburn would be among his favorites if he did.

"I don't have a top group right now," Meredith said. "I'm kind of keeping all my options with my eyes open but if I were to make a top couple of teams they (Auburn) would probably be right up there. I'm highly considering them."

One of the reasons Auburn is high on his list is because of the offensive system of Gus Malzahn. With a lot of different formations and uses for its players, Meredith said he believes Auburn would be a place where he could go and make plays on offense.

"The main thing I'm looking for is not only being a football player but being in the school and able to live there four or five years and be comfortable," Meredith said. "Also having a good relationship with the coaching staff, them liking me and me liking them. How they want to use me.

"A lot of colleges want me to be a big receiver and a lot want me to be a tackle and gain a bunch of weight. Auburn seems to be one of those schools that wants me in the middle, be able to block defensive ends but also be a factor in the passing game. That's a big thing I'm looking for."

With a goal to narrow things down by the end of his spring practice in May with a top five, Meredith said he's not rushing things on his decision but when the time comes it's going to be over for him.

"After I narrow things down, if I find out where I really want to go and if I know then I'll commit," Meredith said. "I'll be committed to that team until signing day. I'm not going to de-commit. If I don't know I might wait all the way until signing day."


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