One of the Division I?prospects at the school, Richy Klepal, gave a thumbs up review to his visit to check out the Auburn Tigers over the weekend. He attended the junior day on Saturday and stayed overnight to see more of campus the following day.
"It was a great visit," said Klepal, who added that Auburn is one of his favorite colleges early in the recruiting process for the Class of 2013 offensive tackle.
"I got to see a lot and I got to visit with Coach (Gene) Chizik a little bit and I got to meet the whole staff," he said. "I got to see the stadium, which is great, and I overall I am really, really impressed with everything.
"I also got a tour of the dorms," he pointed out. "I got a good feel for the overall coaching staff and that more than anything is what impressed me the most--how they try to project a family atmosphere, and that is what it really is."
Klepal said that he currently measures 6-4 1/2, 283 pounds. Asked if he is expecting to get larger, the 17-year-old said, "I?hope I am still growing. I have grown steadily up to this point and haven't had a growth spurt. Hopefully, I get a couple of extra inches."
Someone who knows a lot about big offensive linemen is Jeff Grimes, who was one himself and coaches that position for the Tigers.
"I talked to Coach Grimes for about an hour," Klepal said. "We talked about his overall philosophy and what he does with the program. One of the things he said that really attracted me is that it really is a family in the sense if that any of his players need anything he can call him or his wife if they sick or anything.
"That kind of thing is important to me because in my high school we really have a big family atmosphere as well," the prospect added. "Wherever I go that is definitely what I am looking for, a place where the coaches look out for the players and vice versa."
Klepal started at right tackle last year, which he said is his favorite position. He noted that he started eight games as sophomore, splitting time between tackle and tight end, where he was used as a blocker.
Although he doesn't have an offer yet from Auburn, he already is up to nine. He said that Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Central Florida, South Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina have offered scholarships.
Klepal is hoping to add one from Auburn and said after talking to AU head coach Gene Chizik he is hopeful that will happen. "One of the things he was saying was it is really early in the process, but he likes how I am playing," Klepal said. "He said on film I look like an offer guy.
"One of the things I?have noticed with some of these elite schools, recruiting is a little more of a process and it is just one of those things," he added. "It takes time. You have to get to know the staff. That is one of the main reasons I came up to Auburn. I wanted to get to know them and let them get to know me and what my goals and aspirations are. I think we definitely took some steps in that direction."