AU Camp Provides New Challenge For 2016 OL

2016 OL prospect Tyler Pritchett talks about his camp experience with the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Making the move from Calera to Auburn High in the spring, talented 2016 offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett is already getting interest from several big schools with offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Mississippi State and others. Currently 6-3, 275, Pritchett is expected to play tackle for Tim Carter and the Tigers this fall but may be better suited to play inside on the next level.

With that in mind he began working on snapping the football as a center just before his recent camp visit to Auburn. Spending time with Coach J.B. Grimes working at tackle, guard and center, Pritchett said the experience was a good one for him.

“We started it just a few days before the camp,” Pritchett said of his work at center. “As I’m going along it’s getting better and better. I tried to be prepared for the camp because at some point I knew I was going to be on the inside. I figured why not going ahead and get some snaps in.

“For it being my first time doing it in an actual camp setting or against competition I feel like I did pretty good,” Pritchett said. “I didn’t lose a rep so that’s always pretty good.”

Working in the first group along with talented prospects such as Chidi Valentine-Okeke and Brett Heggie, Pritchett said it was a great experience to go up against the best defensive linemen in the camp over and over again.

“It felt good,” Pritchett said. “A bunch of those guys I know and I’m familiar with. We have met at previous camps and previous schools. We just had a good time.”

Continuing to build his relationship with the Auburn coaches since making the move, Pritchett said for him it’s just a matter of spending more time on the campus and watching the Tigers in action. Recruited by Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, he said the camp experience was just the next step in the process for him.

“They haven’t really told me much,” Pritchett said of Auburn. “Coach Lashlee told me that he really wanted me to get to the camp. It’s just a waiting process.

“It’s definitely a family atmosphere,” he added.. “There’s nothing phony about that. Some schools do whatever they can to get you on campus but Auburn really means it when they talk about family.”

Pritchett said he feels like Tennessee could be the next offer with Coach Tommy Thigpen recruited him for the Vols. Georgia State and Tulane are his two most recent offers.


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