Promising Defender Enjoys A-Day Experience

Talented class of 2016 football prospect Lyndell Wilson talks about the Auburn Tigers and why he is interested in Coach Gus Malzahn's program.

Montgomery, Ala.--Expected to be one of the best players in Alabama for the 2016 recruiting class, 6-2, 225 Lyndell Wilson from Carver High in Montgomery took a visit to Auburn last weekend to see the Tigers in action. Even though he's a defensive player, Wilson noted that he left impressed by what he saw on offense from Gus Malzahn's team.

"It was great," Wilson said. "I just had a great time watching Nick Marshall throw the ball across the field because everybody knows that they can run so they had to show some passing. I just enjoyed myself being on the field, watching them pass out the SEC championship rings and all of that. I just enjoyed myself."

Playing defensive end for the Wolverines, Wilson is a player who has the athleticism to line up at several different spots in Auburn's defense. That includes the "star" position, a mix between linebacker and safety. Paying close attention to Robenson Therezie and what his role was in Ellis Johnson's scheme, Wilson said it's something he feels like would be a good fit.

"I was watching number 27 playing the star position," Wilson said. "He made a couple of plays and I had my own interest in the type of defensive scheme they're in.

"People say that I may have to play stand-up end because I might not stay the same size," he added. "I'm going to gain a couple of more pounds, but no matter what I think I can play the star position."

With offers from several big-time programs including Georgia, Tennessee and UCLA including Auburn, Wilson said at the moment the Tigers are high on his list of colleges because of what he saw on Saturday and what he knows about the program from former Carver standout Jeremy Johnson.

"Auburn is kind of at the top right now because I haven't been able to visit anywhere really," Wilson said. "I've always been with Jeremy, spending time with some of the players and I just like how they act toward each other. They have a very close bond with the coaches. They talked to me about the academics. I think it's a good school.

"It's a big deal," he said of the Auburn campus being only an hour from his home. "Sometimes I can get out of practice, go home and see my parents, grandparents and all of that. It's all right being close to home, but some people say they want to get out of Alabama. But, if you're in college, it doesn't matter."

With still two seasons of high school football left before he has to make a decision, Wilson said he'll take his time and continue to take visits the next year before narrowing things down towards a decision heading into his senior year.

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