Tigers Hold The Early Lead For 5-Star Tackle

Five-star offensive tackle Avery Young talks about his official visit to Auburn and what has the Tigers number one at the moment.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.—Offensive tackle is a position of need for the Auburn Tigers and over the weekend Coach Gene Chizik's program got a visit from one of the top players at his position in the country. Rated the number four tackle in the nation by Scout.com, Avery Young is a 6-6, 286 behemoth offensive tackle that has offers from major powers from coast to coast.

Spending time along with his family checking out Auburn and getting to know the coaching staff and players, Young said everything about his visit was very good. Now that he's seen the Tigers in person he added they have a leg up in his recruiting at the moment.

"It went real nice," Young said. "I just enjoyed the atmosphere. Everybody was real nice. I enjoyed it a lot. It just feels like the city and country mix and it's kind of something I'm loving right now.

"I would say they would be in the top three regardless of what it comes down to," he added. "They will be in the top three. I haven't been anywhere else yet, but right now Auburn is number one. I haven't been anywhere else yet so we'll see."

One of the biggest things Young said he enjoyed about his trip to Auburn was having the chance to get to know the coaching staff better. One of the coaches that made an impact on both he and his family is wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor. Young said that and just the people of Auburn were big for him to see and get a feel for.

"Really it was just the people," Young said of what stood out to him about Auburn. "That's one thing I always told everybody who asked. As long as I go to visit and I feel at home and I'm enjoying it and I feel like I fit there and that's somewhere I want to spend four years, so far that's what they have shown me. If it came down to it and I had to choose today it wouldn't be a bad decision. It's real nice.

"I'm not even a player here and I was walking around with Tre Mason and my cousin, Brandon Fulse, and people were asking for pictures and signing autographs. I was just loving it."

Something that could work in Auburn's favor with Young is having Fulse already on the Auburn campus. Having family at Auburn gives him a unique perspective on the program and he said it made the visit even more comfortable.

"It's real big because I know that being my cousin here, he wouldn't steer me in the wrong direction," Young said. "He was just telling me how everything worked around here so I got it from the coaches and a family member and that helped."

Planning to wait until signing day before making his decision, Young said that right now he doesn't have any more trips scheduled. In addition to his trip to Auburn over the weekend Young said he could visit Alabama this weekend for the LSU game, but that won't be decided until after his game on Friday. He's also looking at Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma as well with Virginia Tech also a possibility.

Palm Beach Gardens is currently 5-2 on the season after Friday's game against Park Vista (7-0) was suspended with the score tied at 16 because of weather. It will not be resumed but the two could meet in the playoffs in just a few weeks to settle the score.

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