“I saw literally everything,” the 6-4 1/2, 295-pound Boudreaux said. “It was an awesome time. I spent a lot of time with Coach Malzahn and Coach Grimes. Coach Grimes is just a real genuine guy. He’s not going to lie to you. He’s just real straight up.
“Coach Malzahn is just a real personable guy," the prospect added. "That was my first time really meeting him. They are just real genuine guys and I learned a lot about them.”
With Auburn’s focus on recruiting offensive tackles in this class it makes for a small group of players to focus on at the guard position. That is not something that is a concern for Boudreaux, however, after getting a chance to sit down with the coaches and find out he is one of the top guys on their board.
“I learned that Coach Grimes is not going to lie to you,” Boudreaux said. “They need a strong offensive line class for 2016 because there are probably going to be five people leaving after this year. I learned from Coach Malzahn it’s all about character and culture here and how you represent your school and yourself.
“They said I’m the top O-line guy for this class,” he added. “I’m a priority and they really need me. There’s a thing from wanting somebody to needing, and he said they need me.”
Boudreaux with Grimes while on his Auburn visit.
With more than 70 offers already Boudreaux has spent many days on the road already this spring checking out schools and getting a feel for some of the teams on his list. This past weekend that meant a rundown of schools in the SEC West with trips to Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama in the last three days before heading to the Plains on Monday. That’s an important part of the process he said.
“You learn a lot from traveling everywhere,” Boudreaux said. “Like Mississippi State is way better than I thought it was going to be. Ole Miss, great culture and great campus. Alabama wasn’t nearly what I thought it was going to be. They’re not really that cocky at all, I thought they were going to be more cocky and stuff, but they’re just real genuine guys. Then Auburn is Auburn. I had already visited so I knew what it was like there.”
Planning to visit Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa in the coming months before narrowing his list down to a top five, Boudreaux said at the moment he thinks Auburn has a strong shot to be in his final group later this summer and after that it’s all about making the most informed decision possible.
“I was thinking after I make the top five I’ll research all the schools for about a month and just go through it and pray about it and try to make a comfortable decision then,” Boudreaux said. “It will probably be after I take a few official visits too.”
Boudreaux said he plans to return to Auburn on May 31st for Big Cat Weekend on the Plains.