Louisiana TE High on the (Auburn) Tigers

Standish Dobard talks about his visit to Auburn's Junior Day and why he likes Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

New Orleans, La.--Standish Dobard had never been to Auburn prior to checking out the SEC school's junior day on Saturday. He came away impressed with what he saw.

"I like Auburn a lot," the six-foot-five, 235-pound tight end said. "Auburn is definitely in my top two now with Georgia."

Before the trip the Tigers were just barely on his recruiting radar, he pointed out. That changed after he toured the campus on Saturday and spent time with the coaches.

"I like the offensive coordinator and the tight end coach," he said of Auburn. "I like how the offensive coordinator is bringing a new thing and how the tight end is involved in the offense."

The big tight end said he plans to visit Georgia next month and hopes to have a decision on his college choice prior to the start of his senior season at Edna Karr High. He said Georgia's offense has a history of featuring the tight end, which explains his interest in the Bulldogs.

Dobard noted that he has a load of scholarship offers, including one from Auburn, for several reasons. "I think I cause big mismatches because I can run past the linebackers and I am too big for the cornerbacks and safeties," he said.

Dobard said that he has scholarship offers from LSU, Florida, Colorado, Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Colorado and others.

Asked why LSU is not one of his favorites, he said that he plans to leave the state of Louisiana to attend college. "LSU is just not what I am looking for in a school," he said. "I am looking for a school that uses their tight end a lot." he said.

Standish Dobard

Dobard said he believes he caught 35 passes as a junior with six going for touchdowns.

Commenting on his Saturday in Auburn, a trip he made with teammate cornerback Noel Ellis, Dobard said, "I like the coaches," he said. "They like me as a person. I love Auburn. I feel like I am at home school there. I just felt loved."

Trooper Taylor, Auburn's wide receiver coach, is recruiting the tight end as well as tight ends coach Jay Boulware.

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