4-Star Tackle Surprised By Auburn Visit

Memphis high school football star Drew Richmond did a road trip to Auburn to check out the Tigers.

Memphis, Tenn.--Four-star offensive lineman Drew Richmond said he liked what he saw on Saturday after making his first trip to Auburn to check out Coach Gus Malzahn's football program.

"I really enjoyed my visiting hanging out with Coach Malzahn, Coach Grimes and Coach Lashlee," he said. "The staff is really the biggest thing I enjoyed."

J.B. Grimes is Auburn's offensive line coach while Rhett Lashlee coordinates the offense.

"I didn't think I was going to like it at first, honestly," he said of Auburn. "When I got there and saw the dorms and saw the fields, it was great. I am from Memphis, a big city, and I thought Auburn, Alabama was small, kind of country, but I guess it is what a college town is."

Auburn is on a list of 11 colleges the class of 2015 prospect from Memphis University School is considering. Asked what he is looking for in a college, Richmond said, "Being comfortable around the players and the coaching staff is a major thing--how I feel around the players, playing time and how I?feel a coach can advance my talent to the next level."

Watching Grimes coach the offensive line in Saturday's first scrimmage of the spring drills, Richmond said that the coach is very demanding, but added, "You can tell he cares about his players."

Richmond said he measured in at 6-6, 326 pounds on his Auburn visit.

Commenting on the practice, he said, "It was a good scrimmage. They played with great speed. That juco receiver (D'haquille Williams) is amazing."

Richmond said he will likely be back to Auburn for another visit this summer. He noted his plan is to make a commitment on Sept. 9th the date that his best friend died that day in 2009.

Making the trip to Auburn with his father, he said LSU will be the next college he visits with plans to check out the Tennessee Vols and Clemson.

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