Truitt One Of Four Weekend Visitors To AU

Auburn commitments Stanton Truitt and Chris Laye are two of the four official visitors for the Tigers this weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--This weekend the Auburn Tigers will have their annual Senior Football Banquet and with the success on the field this season, winning the SEC Championship and heading to play in the BCS National Championship Game, it should be a fun night on the Plains.

However, the weekend is not just about celebrating this season, it's also about the future with four official visitors expected in to get a close look at the Tigers.

Auburn commitments Stanton Truitt and tight end Chris Laye from Suwanee, Ga., as well as big defensive back Lamont Simmons and defensive end Spencer Williams from Jacksonville, Fla., will all be in town to get a feel for the Tigers and the coaching staff this weekend.

There is not much more to know for both Truitt and Laye. Both longtime commitments in Auburn's 2014 class and frequent visitors to Jordan-Hare Stadium this fall, the duo will be enrolling early so this is the only visit they'll be making before starting classes in early January. It's a different story however for Simmons and Williams.

Tight end Chris Laye

A commitment to Rutgers for much of his senior season, the 6-3, 182 Simmons is a talented cornerback who could also play safety on the next level. With a long frame and wingspan, he's just the type of player that coaches Melvin Smith and Charlie Harbison look for in the secondary.

A visitor to Auburn over the summer, Simmons has the Tigers in his top five along with Arkansas, Georgia Tech, USC and Rutgers, but a recent offer from Penn State could put the Nittany Lions in the hunt as well.

Lamont Simmons

Teammates with Auburn commitment Raashed Kennion, Williams is the other bookend defensive end for First Coast High. A dynamic pass rusher, the 6-4, 230-pounder is a Dee Ford clone who uses his speed and quickness off the ball to make plays. Built more like a big safety at the moment, when he gets in a college strength and conditioning program he has a chance to be a big-time player.

Currently committed to Cincinnati, Williams visited Auburn for the Georgia game and says the Tigers are definitely in the hunt because of his relationship with Coach Rodney Garner.

Spencer Williams

While Simmons and Williams will be looking for something on their visits to give them an even bigger connection to Auburn, for Truitt that day has already happened. Recruited by Coach Dameyune Craig as a wide receiver for the Tigers, Truitt has been a frequent visitor to Auburn games this fall as he prepares to start his college experience in just a few weeks. Saving his visit for this weekend, Truitt tells Inside The Auburn Tigers he just wants to enjoyed a relaxed weekend at his future home.

"I just want to get a feel for everything," he says. "Mostly I just want to have fun. I just want to laugh and have an exciting visit. Then it's down to business."

Committing to the Tigers in July, choosing them over offers from dozen of other schools, Truitt says the coaching staff was obviously a big part of his decision, but seeing the players by in showed him a lot about the guys on the team as well.

"For me it's just been about watching the players," Truitt says. "I knew Coach Malzahn was proven with his offense from when Cam was there and the things he did at Arkansas State as well. It was just about the players, how hard they were willing to work to turn things around. Once I saw those guys working really hard on the off days and doing extra I knew they were serious."

Expected to play wide receiver for the Tigers, Truitt was a standout at quarterback in Monroe, Ga., and had a monster senior season. Carrying the ball 130 times for 1,588 yards and 25 touchdowns, Truitt added 13 passing touchdowns with only two interceptions this season.

With his future outside catching passes in Auburn's offense, Truitt says even though the Tigers haven't thrown the ball much this season because of the success of the running game, he's not concerned about that at all.

"I love it," Truitt says of Auburn's offense. "Even with the running game it teaches those guys on the perimeter, the receivers, how to do things they're not used to doing. Things can open up at any time. That's a big part of the offense. Jeremy (Johnson) is a great quarterback so I know with him there down the road they're going to open it up and throw it a lot more. That should be great."

Starting classes in January at Auburn and finishing his graduation requirements at Monroe High next week, Truitt says he ispumped up about getting his career underway with the Tigers. Rooming with fellow weekend visitor and early graduate Laye, Truitt notes he's just ready to get to work.

"It's just crazy," Truitt says of starting school in a few weeks. "I kind of had to grasp everything and just try to get ready for college mentally and physically. I know once I get there they'll teach me the ins and outs to everything. From there it just depends on me working hard and staying focused. It's going to be crazy. The transition will be pretty big, but I'm ready for it."


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