Ohio OT Prospect Enjoys Auburn Visit

Big Kyle Dodson discusses his visit to Auburn, where the Tigers stand, and what he'll be looking for when he makes a final decision.

Cleveland Heights, Oh.—A massive offensive tackle that is committed to Wisconsin, 6-7, 300 Kyle Dodson took an official visit to check out one of his favorites over the weekend as he made his second trip to Auburn in the last year. Hosted by Auburn freshman offensive tackle Greg Robinson he said everything about his trip went great.

"It went well, it went great," Dodson said. "I really like it down there. It was great to see a more inside, VIP-look at everything. I got to hang out with the players and really get to know the people I would be surrounded by if I chose the school. It was great getting into that nice weather. It was a great experience. I really got to know a lot of the players and see how they are living and learn the ropes.

"He was great," Dodson added of Robinson. "He really let me know how it's going to be. He plays the same position as me, tackle, so that's basically what I'm shooting for."

Making a trip to Auburn during the Christmas break, Dodson didn't have the 20,000+ students on campus to make things lively, but he said that he still had a great time. Throw in the opportunity to see the Tigers practicing for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl and getting to see coach Jeff Grimes in action and Dodson said the weekend was close to perfect.

"I think I learned it's more fun that I thought," Dodson said. "(Without students) it was still pretty fun.

"He's (Grimes) a great guy and a really great coach. I can tell watching him in practice. I really liked the drills they were doing and how the players learn things. I watched some film too. It was nice."

With Auburn losing a pair of senior offensive tackles and needed to sign a large class at that position in the 2012 class Dodson said all it took for him to see the need for the Tigers was to look at the depth chart.

"There's a chance to play early," Dodson said. "Right now for next year they only have one tackle. It makes you feel real good about that when they only have one tackle. There is a lot of opportunity. I would be competing with people that are my age so that's not going to be as hard of a competition. They are going to be learning like I am. That gives me an advantage."

While he said he's still a Badger at the moment there is no doubt that Auburn gave Dodson something to think about over his weekend visit. "They made a pretty big move," Dodson said. "They made a good impression on me."

Having already visited Ohio State and planning to visit USC as well as Wisconsin, Dodson said he's got a group of schools in mind for his final visit but won't say who they are. He added that he will make a final decision sometime in January following his final trip.

"It will come down to how comfortable I feel with the o-line coach and the head coach, Dodson said. "Make sure the o-line coach have a history of sending some o-linemen to the league, and the comfortability -- how I feel about the place, the city and the surroundings."

Dodson plans to major in Criminal Justice and hopes to work for the FBI or as a Secret Service agent when his playing days are done.

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Dodson said he's got family in the Demopolis area so he's very familiar with the South and Alabama in particular. He said he grew up making the trip every summer to visit and work with his grandfather digging ditches and then fishing. He said while he has family close by it won't be a big influence on his decision.


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