Latu Excited About Tigers Following Visit

Auburn commitment Will Latu discusses his trip to the Plains on Saturday.

Tampa, Fla.—For Auburn offensive line commitment Will Latu, Saturday's visit to the Plains was even more important than most unofficial trips go. That's because it was his first look at a place he already calls his future home.

Visiting with his family and girlfriend, Latu said seeing things for the first time was a fun experience for him.

"It's definitely a good experience with me coming down and putting a face with the voice," the 6-5, 315-pound Latu said. "I wanted to do that before I started my season at College of the Canyons. It's a good thing. I like the feel, it's a southern feel, and the family-oriented program. "It's definitely a blessing to be here and enjoying it...It's everything I expected. Just winning the national championship last year it's pretty good. I love everything."

Originally committed to West Virginia before switching his commitment to the Tigers last month, Latu said once that happened he was solid in his choice of Auburn.

"Everything is done," Latu said. "I changed my number and I went through some things on Facebook. The only people that have my number are close friends and family and the Auburn coaches. Recruiting is over for me. I'm there now."

One of the reasons why Latu chose Auburn in the first place was his relationship with offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. Getting to know him more and more over the phone, Latu said things only got better once he arrived in Auburn and had the opportunity to sit down not only with Grimes, but also head coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

"Those guys are unbelievable," Latu said. "I could sit there all day and talk about them. I see Coach Grimes as a role model. We have been talking for a while and I think our relationship is getting stronger. I believe in what he's saying. I'm buying into it.

"We talked to him too," he added of Malzahn. "After that we talked to Coach Chizik. We got to see each other personally. That's better off than a phone call."

Another of the things Latu likes about the Tigers is Malzahn's offense. It's not just quarterbacks and running backs that like the way Malzahn's system works as Latu said.

"I think it's crazy," Latu said. "I like the way he runs his offense. I actually can't wait to strap up. I was telling the guy who does the pads and shoes and stuff that you might as well fit me right now. I know we're going to get after it when I get here. I'm definitely looking forward to coming in and playing a role."

Heading back to College of the Canyons early next week to start his sophomore year, Latu said he's just looking to improve in every area of the game as he gets closer to playing at Auburn next year.

"Being that I'm not perfect, I have a lot of areas to improve on," Latu said. "My footwork and pad level and just basically doing my assignments right. I have to work on a lot of things. There's still a lot to improve on."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Latu said that while on his visit he found out that he's related to former Auburn player Jorrell Bostrom. He said they're going to keep in touch and continue to build a relationship now that they've been introduced.


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