Talented Teammates Check Out Tigers

A talented group of prospects from Central High in Phenix City visited Auburn to check out the Tigers.

Phenix City, Ala.--Speedy running back Traveon Samuel is the biggest name coming out of Central-Phenix City High this year, but he's far from the only prospect for the Red Devils. On Friday a big group from the school took the short drive over to Auburn and left impressed by the Tigers.

Perhaps the top prospect overall is still in the ninth grade, linebacker Markail Benton. Still waiting on his first offer to arrive, but already hearing from Auburn, Florida State, USC and several more schools, the 6-2, 205-pounder was a presence on defense last season as a freshman and is looking for even bigger and better things the next three seasons.

Getting his first look at Auburn on Friday and spending time with the coaches, Benton said he really enjoyed getting to see the Tigers, facilities, and what the university is all about.

"It was really great," Benton said. "I like the campus and what the coaches talked about. They said in order to go to Auburn you've got to have your grades. I like the coaches. They are great. They tell you what you need to know."

Planning another trip to Auburn over the summer for a camp, Benton said he hopes to play at around 215 as a sophomore next fall. Trying to improve on his technique at the linebacker position moving forward, he said he's just enjoying the recruiting process with no rush to make a decision until a long time down the road.

"I think it's good," Benton said. "I"m getting a feeling already for what I've got to do. It's fun right now."

Traveon Samuel

Already very familiar with Auburn, Samuel wanted to get another look at one of his favorites as he prepares to make a fall decision and enroll early. With a final four of Auburn, Florida State, Alabama and South Carolina, he said it was good to get more familiar with the Tigers on Friday.

"It was great," Samuel said. "It's always a great experience being at Auburn. They are pretty good coaches and a pretty good facility. It's a comfortable place to be around.

"Auburn is close to home," he added. "It really doesn't matter how close to home I am, but they are a great offense and a great coaching staff. I am pretty comfortable there. It's not too far from my home to come see me play."

Talking about his other favorites he said there is a lot to like about them as well.

"I am comfortable at Florida State," he said. "There is nothing there but college football, and where I'm from we only have high school football. It's basically the same kind of atmosphere.

"I grew up an Alabama fan," Samuel added. "Through the recruiting process you have to let the fan die down and do what is best for me."

In addition to Benton and Samuel, teammates John Broussard, Quandarius Weaver and Zion Webb were also along for the visit. Already with a Kentucky offer, Broussard is another player that could get an Auburn offer with a strong camp showing this summer. The same is true of Weaver, a long wide receiver. A talented freshman quarterback, Webb rounds out what should be a talented group from Central for years to come.


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