Talented 2014 Gadsden City LB Likes Tigers

Class of 2014 linebacker T.J. Posey discusses his Auburn camp experience, Anthony Swain, and more.

Gadsden, Ala.—A talented class of 2014 linebacker prospect who already has several offers, 6-0, 220 Tyrone Posey, was at Auburn over the weekend to check out the Tigers and visit with former teammate Anthony Swain. The latest in a long line of Division I talents from Gadsden City High, Posey said it was fun to get to Auburn and go against some of the best.

"It was good," Posey said. "I really liked it. I like Coach (Brian) VanGorder. He said he liked me and liked my movement. I just liked the atmosphere. I'm looking forward to going back to a game."

Known as T.J. by his teammates and coaches, Posey started as a sophomore last season for the Tigers and had a big season at linebacker. On Saturday he showed his ability by earning praise from the Auburn coaches for his work. He said that was one of the biggest things about the camp for him along with working for VanGorder.

"It was hands-on with the coaches," Posey said. "They are pushing you and want the best out of you. They just push you to your limit.

"He's a student of the game," he added of VanGorder. "He's a great teacher. He knows what he's doing. Coming from the Falcons he knows it all. If I go there it would be great. He could teach me well."

Already with four offers and more sure to follow, Posey said he's just taking his time with the recruiting process and trying not to get ahead of himself. With still two years left in high school he said it's just the beginning.

"I have offers from Purdue, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Southern Miss," Posey said. "I wasn't expecting them this early. I have been grinding. It's just a little shocking. I'm motivated just to keep pushing."

One of the things that should help Posey when the time comes to make a decision is that he has had plenty of players to watch and learn from as they went through the recruiting process themselves. Included in that group is Swain, who will be a redshirt freshman linebacker this season for the Tigers.

"He just tells me to be patient," Posey said of Swain. "He just tells me that Auburn is a great place for me. He said being able to stay home is good. He just gives me some good advice."

A visitor to Auburn for the spring game, Posey said he is planning to get back and watch the Tigers play this season after getting to know more about the program on his camp visit. Having a friend on the team makes the experience even better and he said it has opened his eyes to what Auburn is all about.

"I love it," Posey said. "I have got Swain there. I talk to him a lot, at least once a week. I really like it there."

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