Five-star Daron Payne still has plenty of time before he needs to make a decision. Already with offers from around the country, Payne was on hand Saturday night to see history made before his eyes. Payne says it's hard to imagine seeing anything more exciting that the play that unfolded right in front of him with Chris Davis taking back a missed field goal 109 yards for the game winning touchdown.
"It was crazy," Payne tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That was the best game I have ever been to."
Growing up an Auburn fan in a family of Alabama fans, Payne has taken a wait and see attitude with the Tigers. Watching as they have gotten better week after week, the big junior says he's really impressed by what the team has accomplished in such a short time.
"There have just been a lot of changes," Payne notes. "They have a great program now. Coach Gus has turned it around big-time."
At 6-3, 315, Payne is the type of player a team can build around moving forward. With Auburn's interior defensive line loaded with veterans for 2014, he says the Tigers have made a big move up his list this season and he knows the future is bright.
"They can't go anything but forward," Payne says. "They are still in my top group. This year has helped them a whole lot."
A three-star prospect for the 2015 class, Lincoln standout Jauntavius Johnson's first offer came from Auburn over the summer and he's been watching the Tigers closely since that time. Taking several trips to Jordan-Hare Stadium this fall, Johnson says none compare to being there Saturday night for the Iron Bowl.
"It was my first Iron Bowl and it was just a good hard-fought win by Auburn," Johnson says. "They just have hard work and dedication. That's something you want in any program. I like how it is around there."