Lineman From Pennsylvania Visits Auburn

A report on class of 2012 football prospect Ian Park's visit to check out the Auburn Tigers is featured with video from the lineman's junior season.

Pittsburgh, Pa.--Ian Park has scholarship offers from four Big East programs and one from an ACC team. After a trip to Auburn for a junior day for football prospects on Saturday, the big offensive guard hopes he will receive an offer from the defending BCS champion Tigers.

"I wanted to visit Auburn because of the national championship, the winning attitude and the great tradition and I am glad I did," says Park, who averaged 10 pancake blocks last fall as a junior.

"It was a great visit," adds the lineman, who notes that he was recently measured at 6-3 3/4, 296 pounds. "We got a chance to see the training room and all of the facilities. I had never been to the state of Alabama so it was definitely a great experience."

Park says he received an invitation to Auburn's junior day after the coaching staff saw video highlights of the guard's junior season. "The only thing they have seen to evaluate me on right now is the highlight film and they like that," Park points out, noting that the coaches told him he has the potential to be a good fit in Auburn's offense because of his size and mobility as a pulling guard.

"What I am good at is what they like in their offense," he says. "I sent them some full games so they are going to evaluate those and let me know."

The class of 2012 prospect from Upper St. Clair High School has offers from the hometown Pitt Panthers as well as Cincinnati, Maryland, West Virginia and Syracuse. Park's team finished the 2010 season with an 8-3 record.

He flew to Atlanta with his father and brother to check out the Auburn campus on Saturday. He notes that he spent time talking to offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. "He is a real nice a guy, a family guy," Park says. "I felt real comfortable with him. He is easy to talk to.

What factors is Park looking for when choosing where he wants to play college football? "Definitely, coaching stability," he says. "Obviously, these guys at Auburn have got it just winning the national championship. Coach (Gene) Chizik wants to stay there."

Park says the distance from his home to Auburn or any other college won't be a factor in his decision. The big lineman is in no rush to pick a college and wants to come to a decision after taking his official visits late in 2011 or in early 2012.

The lineman says he is impressed with the facilities he saw on his campus tour that included a presentation on what would be expected from him academically as an Auburn student. "I am interested in history and may be interested in law," he says.

Other visits planned this spring include trips to North Carolina State, Pitt and Penn State. He notes that he left Auburn with a good impression of the program. "I always watched them on TV and I like their offense," he says. "They are a run-first offense and that is what I do at my high school. I am definitely interested in Auburn."



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