Young D-Lineman Puts Auburn In Top Group

Big and talented 2015 defensive lineman Julian Rochester talks about his trip to see the Auburn Tigers.

Powder Springs, Ga.--Expected to be one of the top defensive tackles in the country for the 2015 recruiting class, Julian Rochester from McEachern High visited Auburn last week and enjoyed his first chance to check out the Tigers in person.

Visiting with coaches Gus Malzahn and Rodney Garner while seeing the campus and surroundings, Rochester said everything about it was great.

"It was amazing seeing all the facilities," Rochester said. "They treated me like I'm already part of the Auburn family. I just like everything from the dorm rooms to the field to the weight room, everything. It was amazing."

As a defensive lineman the 6-5, 280 Rochester wanted to get a better feel for Garner and got the opportunity to do that on his trip. Sitting down with him as well as former and current defensive linemen for the Tigers, he noted that everything was very positive.

"He is already treating me like I'm a part of everything," Rochester said of Garner. "I got to see some of the guys like Dee Ford and Lawson (Carl Lawson). Just seeing how they work, I want to be like that. They said he's the way to get like that, to be that number one player, to be that everything you can be."

Julian Rochester

There is no question that building a relationship with the guy who would be your position coach is a huge step for a prospect, but Rochester said being able to talk to players who actually train under his guidance is very important for him as well.

"It helps a lot because they can tell you about the coach and everything he's about and everything the whole school is about," Rochester pointed out. "They talked about how you've got to put in the effort and want to work to be the best in order to play with the best."

Already with offers from all over at the moment including Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas A&M and others, Rochester said he believes an offer could be coming from Auburn sometime this spring. Even without one he noted that the Tigers are still in his top group at the moment as he prepares for spring practice.

"It went up a lot because I got to see all this beautiful stuff and just got to say I'm part of the Auburn family already," Rochester said of his interest in the Tigers. "They always say how much they really want me so I'm pretty sure it (offer) is going to come in the spring. I'm still keeping them high up there and I'm waiting on it to come.

"I have a group, but nothing solid yet," Rochester said. "I would probably throw in Clemson, LSU, I might throw in Georgia, Auburn, and the fifth one would be between Florida State and Texas A&M right now."

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