“Just walking through the buildings with the atmosphere and the hosts themselves, everyone was very loving,” Lashley said. “It just feels like a home atmosphere, a family atmosphere. Getting to see the practice was really what stands out. Being on junior days it’s good to see the facility, but I’m only going to spend a short amount of time around the facility and a lot of time on the field. I like to know how the coaches coach and things like that.”
Recently upgraded to a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 19 offensive tackle in the country, Lashley said one of the things that stood out to him about his Auburn visit was having the opportunity to see Coach J.B. Grimes in action on the practice field also sit down and talk with him.
“I like the way he coaches,” Lashley said. “I liked what he did as a coach, he corrected everyone and not just the starters. He didn’t show anyone any favoritism. He corrected even the small things. He sets the expectations and if you don’t reach that then he’s going to push you to be your best. That stood out to me.”
Signing just one tackle in last year’s class and he’s likely headed for the right tackle position, the Tigers could be in the hunt for as many as three in the 2016 class with the possibility that Avery Young or Shon Coleman or both could be gone after next season. That is something that Lashlee said makes the Tigers an even more interesting program to keep an eye on.
“They said they really needed tackles because they didn’t sign any,” Lashley said. “They needed some athletic left tackles and said right now I’m at the top of their board.
“It’s a very big need,” he added of his position. “Just knowing I could come in and provide and help out the team, that’s really what I want to do.”
Saying Auburn made an impact on him while on his visit, Lashlee said he is definitely planning another trip to the Plains in the future with the April 18 A-Day game a possibility.