Junior College Lineman Has Tigers On Top

Junior college offensive lineman Tavon Rooks talks about visiting Auburn and what has the Tigers on top for him.

Navarro, Tex.—One of the top junior college offensive tackles in the country, big Tavon Rooks from Navarro JC took an unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend and said that he enjoyed everything about his trip to the Plains.

"It was lovely," the 6-6, 270 Rooks said of his visit. "I got to see some new things. I got to see the coaches and speak with Coach Gene Chizik. It's very exciting. I enjoyed myself a lot. The coaches will know by next Saturday where my mind is made up as far as recruiting goes and where I'm going in January.

"I think it's going to be good. I enjoyed myself. The campus is good and the coaches are great. Coach (Jeff) Grimes is an awesome coach. If I do decide to go there I can't wait for him to coach me."

Looking at Kansas State, West Virginia, Florida International, Utah and Pittsburgh, Rooks said as he heads into the week he plans to announce that Auburn is the team to beat.

"Auburn is number one right now," Rooks said. "It has been a blessing. I think Auburn will be my last visit depending on how things go when I speak to my folks at home (Maryland). We'll just go from there."

As a freshman Rooks earned All-Conference honors at College of the Canyons in California before transferring to Navarro for his sophomore season. With an offer from the Tigers along with all of his favorites he said the one thing that stands out about Auburn is Grimes and the coaching staff.

"I enjoyed every moment of it," Rooks said. "I got to talk to a couple of the players. They said Coach Grimes was a great guy. They said he would put his foot on you, but he's going to push you. That's the type of coach I need.

"I sat down and talked to Coach (Gus) Malzahn and Coach Chizik too. They are all great coaches. I feel as though if I do go there it's going to be a family thing. That's why they are at the top of my list right now, because of Coach Grimes himself."

Being recruited as an offensive tackle by the Tigers, Rooks said that's where he would like to play and he feels like he can go in and compete wherever he winds up signing.

"That's the position I would love to play," Rooks said. "He (Grimes) was just showing me some of the plays they run and the pass sets and run blocks. It was great seeing that. I feel as though I can play anywhere. That's what I believe because I put that effort into everything. I think Auburn would be a good place for me to play. It's the SEC and it's bigtime."

Having already used his redshirt year, Rooks said his plan is to enroll in January at the school he chooses and he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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