Top 2016 RB Discusses Auburn Offer

Tavien Feaster talks about getting an offer from the Auburn Tigers and what it means.

Spartanburg, S.C.--The hometown of Auburn great Stephen Davis, Spartanburg is the home of one of the top 2016 running backs in the country and the Tigers are hoping lightning strikes twice after offering speedy Tavien Feaster this week.

A 6-0, 192-pounder with better than 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and a personal-best time of 10.5 seconds in the 100 (meters), Feaster has all the tools to be a big-time player on the next level. While it's still very early in his recruitment, he said the offer is a huge one for him.

"It means a lot," Feaster said. "Auburn is ‘Running Back U' and they were second in the country last year, so that was big. I have seen their offense and one of their offensive analysts (Bobby Bentley) led up our playbook. So it's familiar to me."

Coming off a season when Auburn led the nation in rushing, the first SEC team to ever accomplish that feat, Feaster said watching Tre Mason, Nick Marshall and the Tigers do their thing had him picturing what he would look like doing those same things.

"It was big watching Tre Mason surpass Bo Jackson," Feaster said. "That was big, huge. As a running back you look at stuff like that. You want to be at a school where you could develop as a running back. That's big."

Also big is his budding relationship with Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton. The guy that has put a long list of running backs into the NFL including Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis while at Arkansas. That continued last season with Mason's huge year for the Tigers.

"He's a very forward guy," Feaster said. "He told us everything about Auburn and wanted me to visit there. That was pretty big for me."

While Bentley isn't part of the on-the-field staff at Auburn, the former Byrnes (S.C.) High coach is one of the legendary figures in the state as far as high school football is concerned. That's something important to Feaster because he said if he chose the Tigers it would give him someone that he's familiar with to help with the transition.

"It's definitely good," Feaster said. "You want to have someone that you're kind of familiar with and that you kind of know when you go to a school. You can build a strong relationship with the coaches and that's something big."

Rated as the No. 2 running back in his class, Feaster already has offers from top schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and many others. While he's not ready to name a list of top schools he said Auburn is definitely one he'll be considering.

"I really haven't visited everywhere and haven't seen what everybody has to offer," Feaster said. "I'm just taking things slow right now.

"(Auburn) is definitely Running Back U," he added. "They're definitely going to run the ball and spread the ball out so they can't put eight in the box. We'll just have to see how it goes when I get a chance to visit there. Auburn is definitely a place I want to visit."

As a sophomore, Feaster rushed for over 1,500 yards and had over 700 yards receiving with 28 total touchdowns.


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