Big-Time 2016 Prospect Enjoys Auburn Visit

2016 defensive lineman Antwuan Jackson talks about his trip to Auburn to check out the Tigers.

Ellenwood, Ga.--Already a four-star prospect by Scout.com for the 2016 recruiting class, 6-3, 268 Antwuan Jackson from Cedar Grove High School is a powerful defensive lineman with offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Getting to spend time with Gus Malzahn and Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner while on the trip on Saturday with several teammates, Jackson said it compared very favorably to a college he is already very familiar with that is also in the SEC. The younger brother of Gamecocks' commitment Bryson Allen-Williams, he said the Tigers made an impression.

"Meeting all the coaches was the highlight for me," Jackson said. "I just love the atmosphere. It was the same as South Carolina, just a great atmosphere. People love Auburn. I had a great time. It's a winning program."

Auburn was one of the first colleges to offer Jackson, but at the moment he said they are just behind two schools from the SEC East for his services. Even though South Carolina and Georgia are at the top of his very early list, he added it's a long way until signing day.

Something that could work in Auburn's favor moving forward is Garner. A veteran defensive line coach who has proven his worth over the years in the Southeastern Conference, Garner has always been known as a coach who valued depth. This season the Tigers played 12 and sometimes 13 players on the defensive line during a game. That's something that Jackson said is big for him.

"I'm thinking about that a lot during my recruiting," Jackson said. "Me and Coach Garner are going to have a great relationship. He's a great guy."

Being recruited as a defensive tackle and a player who should grow into a dominant force alongside big Quentez Johnson, Jackson said he's ready to get his junior year started now so he can get back on the field.

"I love it," Jackson said. "I already can't wait until next year. I'm just ready to kick off football season again."


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