Auburn A Factor For 4-Star DT After Visit

Canadian defensive tackle Neville Gallimore talks about his visit to Auburn.

Ottawa, Ont.--A four-star defensive tackle prospect from North of the border, big Neville Gallimore made his first visit to Auburn over the weekend to check out the Tigers and get a feel for Coach Gus Malzahn’s program. Just getting interested in Auburn over the last few weeks, Gallimore said his first look at the Tigers was all that he expected and more.

“Auburn is a great school and a great program,” Gallimore said. “They really surprised me. I really met some great people. They are a really good factor right now. They really surprised me with the visit. Even though they didn’t play a D1 program, it was the fact that it was a good family atmosphere. They did a real good job.”

One of the biggest things that stood out to Gallimore was the support of the Auburn fans despite playing a smaller school in Samford. With a strong crowd and enthusiastic Tiger Walk, he said it showed him a lot about what the university is all about.

“Tiger Walk, it was great,” Gallimore said. “I really loved it. I really loved how enthusiastic the crowd was. You could see how supportive the parents were and the family and also the alumni towards the players. I really loved the Tiger Walk. It was fun.”

Saying that he enjoyed his time with Coach Rodney Garner and Gus Malzahn, Gallimore said now that he’s seen the Tigers they stack up very high on his list of favorites along with Oklahoma and Florida State among the schools he’s still considering.

“They sit very well with me,” Gallimore said. “Oklahoma is doing a great job. They sit with Oklahoma and Florida State. Auburn did really impress me this week. They can be a very good team and I’ll consider them.

“I was really excited when they offered me and showed interest in me,” he added. “After this visit this weekend they really showed me the need they have for defensive linemen. I was really impressed with how at home they made me feel.”

Another positive for Auburn is being in the Southeastern Conference. The premier football league in college football, the SEC is a strong draw for players, even from Canada.

“It’s a huge deal,” Gallimore said. “It’s always been one of my dreams to play in the SEC because they’ve always been the top conference. Great players as well as great defensive linemen have always come from the SEC and played at the highest level. I have always admired that.”

Planning to announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Game in January, Gallimore said at the moment he doesn’t have a favorite and is still considering his options as he prepares to play with some of the best high school football players in the country.

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