Family Visit Strengthens Ties For Westry

Chris Westry talks about his return visit to Auburn following his commitment to the Tigers.

Orange Park, Fla.--Committing to Auburn in July, 6-4 defensive back Chris Westry wanted to get one more look at the Tigers before beginning his senior year at Oakleaf High School. Getting an opportunity to watch the team on the practice field and spend more time with the coaches, Westry wanted to share with his family what he saw out of Auburn as well and that was an important part of why he made a return trip so soon.

“It was amazing,” Westry said of his extended visit. “It was a little more different because I actually had time to sit down and see what the coaches and the players are about. I went in the meeting room. I watched practice. I watched them work out and I got more of a feel what this team is as a whole. I just really enjoyed it.”

Making the visit along with his mother, his younger sister and his Godmother, Westry said having them along was the main point of the trip because he wanted them to see where he would be living and playing football in college. Now that they have seen Auburn he said their first look couldn’t have been any better.

“My mom was real happy,” Westry said. “She was tearing up in the locker room.

“It let my mom get a feel for some things besides myself. I know what’s going on, but you also need to have your mother, your family involved in it because they’re going to be your support system.”

Part of that support system when he gets to Auburn will come from the coaching staff, and in particular Melvin Smith. Being recruited to play cornerback for the Tigers, Westry said getting the chance to see Smith in action on the practice field only fired him up even more about his future on the Plains.

“He’s a real quiet guy, but he gets his points across,” Westry said. “When he says something, that’s something you want to listen to. There’s no joke with what he says, it’s the real deal.

“When you see him run around, him being the age he is, that lets you know he cares,” he added. “He’s moving like he’s 20. That’s pretty good. It’s letting you know he wants you to do as best as you possibly can.”

Planning on making a visit for the South Carolina at Auburn game this fall and taking his official visit in January, Westry said his goal this season is to improve his coverage skills even though he’ll be playing mostly safety this fall. As for his decision to commit to Auburn, he said being back on the campus and around the coaches only strengthened his love for the Tigers.

“It just gave me a better feeling for the school as a whole instead of just from a football standpoint,” Westry said. “I also went to academics and it let me know that they care for me more than just from a football standpoint.”

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