Juco DL Has Auburn On Top Following Visit

Junior college defensive lineman Anthony Olobia has "the perfect visit" at Auburn and it puts the Tigers on top.

A talented junior college defensive end from Arizona Western College, 6-5, 245 Anthony Olobia took an official visit over the weekend to check out the Auburn Tigers. On hand as Chris Davis' field goal return gave Gus Malzahn's team an incredible 34-28 victory, Olobia says he's never seen anything like the game or the atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"Oh wow," Olobia says. "First of all, coming out there, the community was great. I just loved feeling the love from everyone. You can tell that everyone is all in to the War Eagle. Honestly they brought me into the War Eagle. That game was amazing, just how pumped everyone was, and especially with me being on the sidelines.

"I had the student section right behind me and everyone was screaming in my ear. They even started helping me with the chants. It was a great experience. I loved it all. If I was going to plan the perfect visit this would be the perfect visit. It has blown my mind."

Still waiting on a firm offer from the Tigers, Olobia is being recruited as a rush end by Coach Rodney Garner. Hoping to find a replacement for Dee Ford down the line, Olobia says that heh feels like he could get the news he's been waiting for any day now.

"I'm not officially offered yet, but we've been talking about it," Olobia says. "My confidence is 100 percent (in the offer)."

With several additional offers including Kansas, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Utah, Olobia says that right now the Tigers are at the top of his list as he prepares to make his decision sometime between now and signing day in February.

"Auburn is number one, I'm not going to lie," Olobia says. "I like Auburn. I have thought of them highly for a long time now. Texas Tech is probably two and Oklahoma three.

"It's just the way they play," he adds about the Tigers. "Honestly when it comes to football it's just the way they play. No matter what they always play a full four quarters. It doesn't matter if they're down by 14 or down by 21 they'll always come back and stay strong throughout the whole game."

Originally from Liberty High in Seattle, Wash., Olobia has three years left to play two on the next level after playing his first two seasons at Arizona Western. Olobia posted 25 tackles, four sacks, seven tackles for losses and one fumble recovery as a freshman in 2012. This season added to those numbers with 46 tackles, six sacks and 16 tackles for losses.

Looking at a school across the country would be a negative for some, but with Auburn in the SEC it's not that way at all for Olobia. Wanting to play with and against the best, he says there is no better place for that than in the Southeastern Conference.

"I have family all over the country so I would love to go down there and play," Olobia says of Auburn. "Especially because it's SEC ball. That's the opportunity of a lifetime honestly. There is no greater football than the SEC."


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