Josh Cardiello, who plays for perennial football power Buford High, is planning to attend a junior day at Auburn on Saturday. Asked if he is looking forward to the trip, he says, "Yes sir, I am a lot. Auburn is definitely one of my favorite schools right now so it will be good to see. It will be my third time there."
Cardiello, who notes that he is currently 6-4, 280 pounds and growing, attended Auburn's 2010 victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium vs. Clemson and a 2011 victory over Ole Miss. He noted that he likes the game-day atmosphere on the Auburn campus.
"It's definitely awesome because all of the fans show support for the team, and the stadium, there's a lot of character there," he says. "The pregame with the band is really cool."
Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is recruiting the junior. "We talk regularly, about every couple of weeks," Cardiello says. "I like him a lot. He is a really good coach and also a really good guy, which is a big thing I look for in a coach.
"I want to play for someone who is definitely a good guy, too, as far as getting along with him and along those lines so that's definitely a positive. The relationship is definitely positive."
Cardiello doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, but he is receiving plenty of attention. He plans to visit Georgia next weekend and notes he is also being recruited by Georgia Tech, Duke, Clemson and Florida State.
Buford's season ended with an overtime loss in the Class AA state championship game. Cardiello notes than other than that disappointment the season went well for his team. He says that personally he feels good about he performed at offensive tackle.
Josh Cardiello is shown at a team practice.
In his last outing, the Rising Seniors All-Star Game, he lined up at another position. "It was my first time playing guard," he says. "I think I did well for it being my very first time.
Signing offensive linemen is expected to be a priority for Auburn in its 2013 class. Will a college's depth chart factor into Cardiello's decision? He says that is something he may consider, but it won't be the primary consideration. The most important thing is finding a place that he will enjoy being a student "for four or five years," he notes.
Junior Day Notes: In addition to Cardiello, prospects for several other states are expected to attend Auburn's first junior day for 2013 classes. In-state prospects who have received invitations include players such as tight end/wide receiver Clark Quisenberry from Enterprise High; linebacker Cameron Toney from Huntsville High; wide receiver Carl Lee from McGill-Toolen in Mobile; running back Josh Matthews from Decatur High; offensive lineman Alan Taylor from Cleburne County High; linebacker Zach Cunningham from Clay-Chalkville High; offensive lineman Grant Hill from Huntsville High; defensive Erik Holliday from Jackson-Olin High in Birmingham; offensive lineman John Ingram from Bibb County High and wide receiver Jarren Johnson from Jackson High.
Other prospects expected to attend include cornerback Jalen Ramsey from Brentwood, Tenn., Academy; defensive end Devin Washington from Jones High in Orlando; offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow from Walton High in Marietta, Ga.; running back Peyton Barber from Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga.; defensive lineman Montravious Adams from Dooley County, Ga., High and defensive lineman Jay Woods from Jackson, Ga., High.