Tatum Impressed By Auburn Offensive Line

Big 2016 offensive tackle Marcus Tatum talks about his trip to Auburn for Saturday's A-Day game.

Daytona Beach, Fla.--With offensive tackle prospects flying off the board the Auburn Tigers are putting a lot of emphasis on that position at the moment as the coaching staff heads into their spring evaluation period beginning on Monday. A player they’ll check out on the road was back on the Plains this weekend to see the Tigers in action on A-Day and big Marcus Tatum said he enjoyed everything about his second visit to Auburn in the last two months.

“It was a really good atmosphere seeing the stadium filled and talking to fans and things like that,” Tatum said. “It seems like a really good atmosphere.

“I like their O-Line,” he added. “Especially their right guard (Braden Smith). He’s my favorite O-Lineman probably in the country right now. He’s from Kansas I think and he’s a monster.”

While Smith’s size and strength is impressive, Tatum said for him what stands out about Auburn’s offensive line group is the way they are coached by J.B. Grimes every step of the way.

“It’s just their technique and stuff, how they are able to bend being like 6-6 and 6-7,” Tatum said of the Tigers. “You can see how they are coached. You can see Coach Grimes on the sidelines and how he reacts to situations. I was in meetings with them and I like how he teaches the film and goes through each individual player.”

Recently visiting Florida for their spring game, Tatum said both had their positives, but there was no question which one had the better atmosphere.

“Auburn had a lot more people there,” Tatum said. “It was just a lot more filled and the atmosphere was a lot more exciting somewhat.”

With the potential that Auburn may lose either Avery Young or Shon Coleman or both after this season if they have big years at the offensive tackle position, the Tigers will have an even bigger need in 2016. That means signing at least two and likely three tackles this year, something Tatum said they talked to him about.

“They talked to me about their need for tackles,” Tatum said. “They were talking about how their two tackles might be declaring for the draft. Tackles are like a big emphasis on this year’s class.”

With a group of Auburn, Florida and Miami standing ahead of the others, Tatum said he plans to make a decision before his senior season.

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