Auburn A Co-Leader For 4-Star Tackle

Big E.J. Price talks about his return visit to see the Auburn Tigers on Saturday and why they are in the lead along with Michigan.

Lawrenceville, Ga.--One of the top offensive tackle prospects for the 2016 recruiting class, big E.J. Price made a return visit to Auburn on Saturday to check out one of his favorite programs. Getting the chance to spend time with Gus Malzahn, J.B. Grimes and the rest of the staff, Price left the Plains with the Tigers at the top of his list along with Michigan.

“It was excellent,” Price said of his Auburn trip. “I got a chance to chat with Coach Malzahn and Coach Grimes. It was an excellent experience. Every time I go to Auburn I love it. It was great.

“Auburn and Michigan are still tied,” he added. “They are co-leaders. I plan on getting up to Michigan this summer or hopefully this spring. I plan on doing that. I won’t make any decisions about moving the Auburn-Michigan ranking until I get up there and give them a chance.”

A player that has made several trips to see the home state Georgia Bulldogs recently, Price said while Coach Mark Richt’s program has made a move into his top group they’re still not up with the Tigers.

“This was a big deal for Auburn just because I was able to get back up there,” Price said. “I haven’t been there in a while. Auburn is one of my top schools. Georgia is definitely making a push. I know people were concerned they were out of my Top 10, but they’ll be back in there. Auburn is one of my top schools and nothing like that will change.”

Something that has the Tigers so high on the list for Price is having Grimes on the coaching staff. A veteran that has proven to be able to get the most out of his players. the offensive line coach is obviously someone that has made a big impact on Price already in this recruiting cycle.

“J.B. Grimes’ record speaks for itself,” Price said. “He has tremendous experience and that has a huge impact on my decision. He’s one of the best to ever do it. The way he produces and them letting me know I’m one of their top guys, it really does have an impact and gives me a lot to think about.”

Losing Patrick Miller last season and with the chance that one or both of Shon Coleman and Avery Young could be gone after the 2015 season, the Tigers are definitely in the hunt for an immediate impact player at offensive tackle. That’s something that Price said makes Auburn an even more serious contender for him.

“I talked to Coach Malzahn and he just kind of broke down the depth chart to me,” Price said. “They have two tackles right now that will be playing probably their last year and go to the NFL. They are recruiting a couple more offensive linemen, but they are planning on me getting in there.

“They believe I have a real good chance at starting as a true freshman. I would definitely have to earn it. Nothing would be given, I know that, but they said if I come in with the right mindset and work at it then I definitely have a chance to be a starter.”

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