Boehm Enjoys Auburn Visit

Former Missouri commitment Evan Boehm talks about his official visit to Auburn over the weekend and where his recruiting stands.

Lee's Summit, Mo.—Rated the nation's number one center prospect, big 6-3, 295 Evan Boehm took his first official visit over the weekend to the Auburn Tigers and came away very impressed by what he saw on the Plains. Taking in the game as well as the atmosphere surrounding the Iron Bowl, Boehm said there's plenty to like about Coach Gene Chizik's program.

"It was a blast," Boehm said. "I had a lot of fun. It was my first official visit. You couldn't ask for anything better. The coaching staff are great people and great coaches. The people in Auburn are really great. It was really fun."

Getting to Auburn early on Friday he was afforded the opportunity to see the Tigers put in final preps for the game against Alabama. After that his visit really started as he had dinner Friday night and along the way ran into some very familiar faces.

"I showed up and got to see walk-throughs," Boehm said. "After that we went and ate dinner. I saw Charles Barkley. Then 30 minutes later I saw Erin Andrews at the table next to me. Then we went back to the hotel and saw Bo Jackson checking in. That was a lot of fun. Saturday we went to campus for (ESPN) Gameday. The football atmosphere is just nuts. Everything was a lot of fun."

Taking in the sights on Friday was nothing compared to what Boehm and his family witnessed on Saturday once the kickoff got closer. Watching Tiger Walk for the first time was something he said was special for him because it's similar to what his team does each week, only on a much larger scale.

"I have never seen anything like that," Boehm said. "My dad is the head coach for my team and he kind of started something called the Victory Walk. We always camp out at our school right after school and we eat dinner there. Then we walk to our locker room with the parents tailgating. It (Tiger Walk) reminded me of what we have only 10 times better. It was a lot of fun."

Hosted on his visit by Vance Smith and Auburn freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier, Boehm said having Frazier to talk with was especially important because both are from the same part of the country and understand where they are coming from.

"We had a lot of fun," Boehm said. "It was a blast. We had a lot in common. He knows what the cold is all about and he said the weather down there is phenomenal. That's something to look forward to if I do commit there. They are just a bunch of great guys. I got to hang out with Zeke (Pike) a lot. He seems like a great kid. It was just a lot of fun."

An early commitment to Missouri before backing off that recently, Boehm said Auburn is a school he has had on his list for quite some time but they have moved up considerably since he's opened his recruiting back up.

"Auburn has always been up there," Boehm said. "I'm taking my officials and seeing what falls in place. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. But I'm pretty sure I'll know before Signing Day.

"Missouri is still up there," he added. "Auburn jumped in the picture. Coach (Jeff) Grimes started messaging me and we got a hold of each other. It was a lot of fun talking to him. Iowa is coming back in. Oklahoma and Kansas State are jumping in. I'm excited to see who all is going to jump back in the picture. I'll judge my decision based off of my officials.

Planning to take his official visits with only Missouri scheduled at the moment, Boehm said he's going to be patient with his decision but if the moment is right he'll make his choice. One of the things that could factor in for him though is the Southeastern Conference. He said seeing the league in person and watching the success it has had makes it very attractive.

"The SEC is the best conference, in my opinion," Boehm said. "It's a great conference full of great teams. It's not like this is a week-off game. Every week is a, ‘We got to focus on this game because it could make or break or season.' Last week, the top three teams in the BCS were SEC teams. That just tells you something about the conference right there."

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