Standish Dobard, a 6-4, 241-pound rising senior at Edna Karr High School, pointed out that he was impressed with what he saw. "I think they are a real good team," he said after watching the scrimmage and spending time with head coach Gene Chizik, along with other coaches on the AU staff.
Asked what is going to be the biggest thing in selecting a college, Dobard said. "A chance to play early."
He noted that Auburn's coaches have told him that he will have a chance to contribute early at AU with their top tight end, Philip Lutzenkirchen, being a senior this year.
Trooper Taylor, who is recruiting Dobard for the Tigers, made it clear to the tight end that he is a high priority prospect for Auburn. "He told me they need me," the rising senior said.
Dobard noted he likes how the Tigers were using their tight ends in the scrimmage, noticing there are a lot of plays with two of them on the field at the same time. "They motion them around a lot," he said. "They just don't keep them in at one spot. They have them up and moving around."
Dobard said that Auburn and LSU are recruiting him harder than any other colleges. He visited LSU two weeks ago to check out the practice, but said that he is still planning to go out of state to college. He added that he is seriously interested in Auburn, but is in no rush to make a decision and is wide open right now.
The tight end said he has 20-plus scholarship offers with the latest coming from Tennessee and LSU.
Commenting on Auburn, Dobard said, "I had fun watching them practice and talking to the coaches. I like what they are doing on offense."
Dobard said he has gained six pounds this year and has a goal to add four more and play at 245 pounds this season.
He noted that it is exciting to get so much recruiting attention from SEC level programs and be ranked the No. 4 prospect in the country. "That's great," he said with a laugh. "I like it. I feel like I am number one, but I will take number one."