Massive Juco OL Talks Auburn Offer

Anniston native Dontavius Blair is one of the top junior college offensive tackles in the country for the 2014 class.

Anniston, Ala.—A massive offensive tackle prospect from Garden City (Kan.) Community College, 6-7, 300 Dontavius Blair grew up hearing about the Auburn Tigers after playing high school football just two hours away from the campus. Now the four-star prospect says he hopes to learn even more about Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff after getting an offer from the Tigers over the weekend.

"It was great today," Blair tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I spoke with Coach (Rhett) Lashlee and he let me know I had a scholarship offer. I had been talking with Auburn just about every week, but they were still doing evaluations basically.

"It's really exciting for me," he adds. "It's basically like having a chance to come back home. The only thing I know about the Auburn Tigers is they have a great program and they play in the Iron Bowl, and that's a dream for anybody growing up in this state."

Starting last season as a freshman for Garden City, Blair had the opportunity to block for Auburn quarterback signee Nick Marshall in his only season as the starter for the Broncbusters. A dynamic player that will have a chance to be Auburn's starter this fall, Blair says it's going to be fun to watch his former teammate do his thing in the SEC and he's expecting to hear from him plenty this fall to try to get him to join the Tigers as well.

"I already know he's going to be talking to me," Blair says. "When Auburn first offered him they were also looking at me. He was already talking to me then even though he wasn't committed. He was keeping on me then. Now he's really keeping up with me.

"Having him at Auburn is big because it's not like I would be going somewhere that I don't know anybody," he adds. "He's a good one too. He's not one they'll forget about after two years. They'll be talking about him. He's going to have an instant impact."

Currently looking at Tennessee, Florida State and Ole Miss in addition to Auburn and not declaring a leader at the moment, Blair says he plans to visit all four officially before making his decision. Planning to be a December graduate, that means much of his travels will happen either later this summer or fall. Not wasting any time getting to know the Tigers, Blair will be on the Auburn campus the weekend July 20 to tour the facilities and talk with the coaching staff.


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