2017 DB Says Auburn Is "The Real Thing"

Class of 2017 defensive back Richard LeCounte discusses his most recent trip to check out the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday.

Hinesville, Ga.--Already a four-star safety prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, athletic Richard LeCounte from Liberty County High was on the Auburn campus Tuesday to check out the Tigers in spring practice.

Spending much of the time watching new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and secondary coach Travaris Robinson, LeCounte said he really likes Muschamp’s style and what he brings to the table.

“Definitely, he’s a guy I could see myself playing for,” the 5-11, 174 LeCounte said. “Everything about him is about business and he knows what he’s doing. Obviously you can look at his track record and see everything he does and how many players he’s put in the league. He knows what he is doing and that’s the good thing about it.”

Richard LeCounte

Muschamp’s addition to Auburn’s coaching staff is just one of the reasons LeCounte is high on the Tigers very early in the recruiting process. Another is his comfort level on the Plains, something that was built last summer while making one of his visits to Auburn. On that trip he sat down with academic advisors and got to tour the campus, something he said gave him the feel he wants to see out of a program.

“During last summer I visited everything like the academic center and sat down with the academic advisors,” LeCounte said. “We talked about the things we would be doing, basically got to live the college life the whole day. That was a real good time and experience I had.

“Auburn is kind of close to home so my parents and family members don’t have to go that far to come and watch me play,” he added. “It’s my third time to go there and visit and every time I go back it’s a better and better experience. You can’t simulate it. It’s the real thing, the best in the South.”

Currently with Ohio State, Georgia and Georgia Tech among his early favorites along with Auburn, LeCounte said with still plenty of time left to make a decision he’s just looking for the right fit personally, athletically and academically.

“I’m just looking for a real good coaching staff that knows that they’re doing and a winning program that’s fairly near home,” LeCounte said. “I want people that can make me better and that know what they’re doing.

"I want to be in good hands and not with just the people, but I want to be in love with the school because football is going to stop one day and I need a backup plan.”

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