Vadal Alexander, a 6-6, 315-pound, four-star class of 2012 prospect, said, "It was a great visit. I really enjoyed myself."
As he turns his focus to his senior season at Buford High School, Alexander said that Auburn is in his final three college choices along with LSU and Alabama. He notes that he has a "tough" choice ahead of him this fall.
A prospect who plans to graduate in December and enter college in January, Scout.com's No. 5 rated offensive guard prospect in the country said he will probably take official visits to each of his favorites this fall. He has also made unofficial visits to Alabama and LSU this year in addition to multiple visits to Auburn.
Asked what will be key factors in his decision, Alexander said, "It is definitely the relationships because that's what life is about," he said.
The lineman said he has a very good relationship with the Auburn coaches and on Saturday he spent time with staff members including head coach Gene Chizik, who he said he enjoyed talking to before hanging out with Auburn players before returning home to Buford with his parents, who also toured the campus and met with the coaches.
A visitor to the exciting Auburn-LSU football game last year at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Alexander noted that he is impressed with the Auburn campus, the fan support and the winning tradition the defending national champions enjoy. He also notes he likes the players at Auburn and is impressed with how the Tigers won the national title last season.
Alexander said that he likes LSU's history of turning out star players and he grew up following the Bayou Bengals because he is originally from New Orleans. He also points out that LSU has a winning tradition and that he has family in Louisiana. "That's definitely a big angle for me because with LSU I would be back around a whole lot of my family," Alexander said. "It's something I've thought about."
His interest in Alabama is because of the school's tradition and his relationships with the coaches there, especially head man Nick Saban, who he noted runs a successful and "structured program" in Tuscaloosa.
"I love the SEC," Alexander said. "It is the best conference in the country. I love the passion. They have great fans, the competition is second to none and I have always been around it."
While football and relationships are important in his college choice, that isn't the only major factor he will use in making his decision. "It's also about the environment and the people," he said. "I want a place where I would enjoy going to school even if I wasn't playing football. I think that is important."
A starter since his sophomore season at Buford, he said that he is looking forward to the upcoming season playing for head coach Jess Simpson, a former Auburn football player who is on quite a roll in his coaching career. "We are going for a fifth consecutive state championship," Alexander said with pride.
Buford should have a good chance to win the big prize again this fall. "We have eight to 10 players who are Division I prospects this year," Alexander points out, noting that for the past couple of years people in the Buford area having been saying that the 2011 Wolves are going to be a special team. "We are going to be very talented," he predicts.
Alexander will contribute on offense at left tackle and on the defensive front for the Class AA power. "I enjoy playing defense," he said, noting that he likes to be in the middle of the action and defense makes that happen. However, college teams are recruiting him to play offense and he has been on their recruiting radar going back to his sophomore season when it was apparent he would be one of the top prospects in the 2012 signee class.
A two-sport athlete in high school, he finished third at the state track and field championships this past spring in the shot put. In the classroom he is a strong student so graduating early is not going to be an issue for the big lineman.
Alexander said he isn't sure exactly when he will be ready to select his college, but he said for the short term his focus is on Buford High football and getting ready for another title run.