Givens Talks Auburn Visit, Updates Recruiting

Talented 2015 offensive lineman Alex Givens discusses his trip to Auburn and what schools are on his early list.

Nashville, Tenn.--Already with multiple offers from programs such as Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Virginia, Cincinnati, Memphis and Middle Tennessee, three-star offensive tackle Alex Givens from Nashville Christian took a two-day visit to Auburn this week to check out the Tigers and left very impressed by Gus Malzahn's program.

Even though he's still waiting on an offer from Auburn, Givens said the facilities, the coaching staff and the people have the Tigers on top of his early list at the moment.

"It was good facilities and good people and good academics there," Givens said. "What stood out to me the most was the academics and the people there. They are all nice and coming up to say hi to you. They are all trying to make you have a good time. That was good.

"They are definitely number one right now," he added. "The main thing I like about them is the coaches. They make you feel like family. They will do anything for you and you can call them anytime you want. Whatever you need they'll help you with."

Getting the chance to tour the facilities and get a first-hand look at what life would be like if he chose Auburn, Givens said he really enjoyed getting to see the South Donahue Residence Hall and believes that's definitely a plus for the program.

"I like that the football is all together," Givens said. "It's all in the same area so you don't have to go too far, especially the dorm rooms for the athletes. Those are amazing. It's put together well I think."

Being recruited for the Tigers by a combination of offensive coaches including Rhett Lashlee, Tim Horton and J.B. Grimes, Givens said he had really enjoyed getting to know Auburn's offensive line coach through phone calls. Now that he's had the chance to sit down and talk with him face-to-face the talented offensive linemen said he loves what he sees and hears from Grimes.

"He took us around campus on the golf cart and I met with him and talked about Auburn football and what he's about," Givens said. "I love him. He's a laid-back guy. He wants you to be better. He doesn't yell at you and he's real calm. That's definitely what I'm looking for. He's different now than he was at first. I think he's more funny now and laid back."

Not planning on making an early decision, Givens said he plans to be back in Auburn for the A-Day game this spring and adds that the Tigers will visit him as well in the coming months. Givens said he also has visits scheduled to Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State this spring.

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