Mr. President Visits The Plains

Big Gimel President discusses his Auburn visit and why the Tigers are in his final three.

Mount Pleasant, S.C.—A three-star defensive lineman from Wando High, big Gimel President took his first visit to Auburn over the weekend to see one of his favorites and came away very impressed by everything he saw on the Plains. Being recruited by defensive line Coach Mike Pelton and wide receiver Coach Trooper Taylor for Auburn, President said there's plenty to like about the Tigers.

"My visit went good," President said. "I like Auburn a lot. They showed me a lot of things I haven't seen before like the family and tradition. I liked that."

At 6-3, 250 President is a physical player, something Pelton was when he played at Auburn in the 1990s. Getting an opportunity to sit down with the former Tiger and now defensive line coach, President said he liked what he had to say.

"It went pretty good," President said. "We talked about the defensive line. He showed me a couple of moves to do that will help me out this season. He said I could come in and play but it's going to be hard. I'd have to come in and work for it."

Making the visit with his parents, President said one of the biggest parts of the weekend for him was having the opportunity to spend time with current Auburn defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker.

"I feel like the players like the new recruits," President said. "We talked about how they went through it when they were freshmen. He (Whitaker) said he liked Auburn because it was like a family. That's big to hear because as freshmen a lot of players get homesick."

Having already narrowed his choices down to Auburn, North Carolina and South Carolina, President took the time to talk a little about each of his finalists and what he likes about them.

South Carolina?

"I like the coaching staff at South Carolina. They are laid back and funny coaches. I've got to have a funny coach."

North Carolina?

"I like Coach (Sam) Pittman and Coach (Joe) Robinson. They were good people."


"I like Coach Trooper and Coach Pelton. They are pretty nice people."

Planning to make a decision sometime during his senior season, President said he hopes to take official visits to all three favorites to games this fall before making his choice. He said the Auburn coaches have talked about bringing him in for the Florida game as his official visit weekend.

With three strong finalists he said for him it will come down to a few things to help him get to the final one.

"Family is the most important thing and the coaching staffs and the players," President said. "I also have to like the fans.

"The graduation rate and academics are also very big for me," he added. "That and just playing football."

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