Former Wolverine Has "Great Visit" to Auburn

A former University of Michigan football player visited Auburn over the weekend and cornerback Blake Countess talks about that and his plans in this interview with Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Olney, Md.--Blake Countess, a graduate of the University of Michigan, has one season of college football eligibility remaining and Auburn is a team he is considering playing for this fall.

“I had a great visit to Auburn,” Countess said on Sunday after meeting with the coaches and touring the campus on Friday evening, all day Saturday and before meeting with head coach Gus Malzahn prior to heading to the airport to catch a flight home.

“I went down there to meet the coaches and spent time with Coach Muschamp (defensive coordinator Will Muschamp), Coach T-Rob (secondary coach Travaris Robinson) and Coach Malzahn," he said.

“We went on a campus tour and they showed me where I would be living," Countess added. "I did some chalk talk with Coach Muschamp and that was really it along with hanging with the coaches and some of the players. It was really nice.”

Asked if he is getting close to making a decision on where he will play this fall, Countess said, “I think so. I have two more visits set up and I hope to have my decision by Friday or sometime shortly after that. I am going to visit Oklahoma State on Tuesday and Oklahoma on Wednesday.”

Previously, he had visited the University of Arizona where Rich Rodriguez is head coach. Rodriguez was head coach of the Wolverines when Countess signed with Michigan.

The cornerback, who made the visit to Auburn with his mother, said that he is currently 5-10, 186 pounds. “I am looking to go to some place where I can develop and showcase my skill set as well as put myself in a great situation to go the next level," he said.

Countess earned All-Big 10 honors last year after making 46 tackles with six touchdowns, one which he returned for a score. He tied for the conference lead in interceptions with six.

A player who redshirted in 2012 after suffering a torn ACL, he made 114 tackles for the Wolverines over the course of three seasons.

Originally from the state of Maryland, he was a standout high school performer at Our Lady Good Counsel in Olney where he was a U.S. Army All-American.

The Tigers could use immediate help at cornerback. Seniors Jonathan Jones and Josh Holsey are the projected starters, but the top backup, T.J. Davis, suffered a knee injury in spring practice and it is not certain when he will be back to full speed this fall. Jones also missed practice time in the spring with an injury and the Tigers started a walk-on, Michael Sherwood, in the A-Day game.l

Malzahn said the Tigers are going to give a trio of true freshmen a chance to earn playing time at the position. That group includes Carlton Davis, Javaris Davis and Jeremiah Dinson.

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