Darlington Visits Auburn, Talks Tigers

Offensive line prospect Ty Darlington talks about his trip to Auburn.

Apopka, Fla.--A visitor to Auburn several times in the past year, Scout.com three-star offensive line prospect Ty Darlington made another trip to the Plains this week as he spent three days on campus talking with the coaches and watching the Tigers practice.

With over 30 offers and counting, the 6-3, 275 Darlington said at the moment he doesn't have a list of favorites and likely won't make a decision anytime soon, but coach Gene Chizik's program is definitely one he's strongly interested in.

"Auburn is very high on my list right now," Darlington said. "I feel comfortable there and feel at home. I think Auburn will definitely be high on that list.

"(Auburn) definitely helped itself," he added about his trip. "Just getting to know people and building relationships is the number one thing. I think there are some special people there doing some special things as far as being a family."

Saying that his relationship with the coaching staff and players at a school could be the most important factor in his recruiting, Darlington noted that at Auburn he feels really good about Chizik, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.

"I just had a great time getting showed around and everything," Darlington said. "I got to meet with the coaches. It was good to get a feel for the school and the coaches. It was a good time.

"It was just about getting to know the coaches more," he added. "Getting to know coach Chizik and coach Grimes and coach Malzahn, get to know them better and form a relationship."

In particular his time spent with Grimes was important as he gets to know the coach that would be his position coach if he chose Auburn.

"I really like coach Grimes," Darlington said. "I've gotten to know him since I talked to him last summer and then I went to camp there and I've talked to him on the phone. He's not an in-your-face yelling coach, but I think he does a great job coaching up his guys and getting the best out of all his players. I really like the way he coaches."

Watching Auburn's Saturday scrimmage, Darlington said he liked what he had to see out of the team even though there are a lot of new faces on the field for the Tigers. He said while the faces are new and inexperienced he thinks there will be some good days ahead for the program.

"They are a completely different team from last year," Darlington said. "You don't see a lot of the same guys, but I think they'll be improving and getting better. They have a lot of talent I've never even seen before."

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