“It was great,” Sermon said. “I had a good time bonding with the coaches and watching them practice. Their tempo is amazing. The way they move so fast and roll through everything is kind of similar to us. I had a good time visiting.”
Helping Sermon get a feel for Auburn was his position coach at Sprayberry and a great tour guide, former All-American running back Brent Fullwood. A player that made it to the NFL and has a world of experience, Fullwood is someone his young back said is a great mentor to learn from.
“It’s amazing,” Sermon said. “Just knowing how hard he worked and how far he’s gotten, it really opens up your eyes and helps you understand the game better and become a great learner and better listener. He’s really good.
“He told me that he just really felt at home there,” he added of Fullwood. “He just tells me that wherever I go to make sure it feels like home and that I’m comfortable around the coaches and campus and everything.”
Comfort level is an important part of the equation for Sermon, something that Auburn has going for it is position coach Tim Horton. Watching the Tigers in practice while on his visit Sermon said he was impressed by how things were done on the field.
“The thing that stood out the most is how Coach (Tim) Horton was coaching them,” Sermon said of the backs. “He was pushing them and just really having them getting the job done.”
Already with a good relationship with Horton, a veteran with a long history of having his backs put up big numbers in college, Sermon said he really likes how Auburn’s running backs coach does things.
“He’s just a great guy,” Sermon said. “The biggest thing is that he wants to build a relationship with you, which I think is amazing. In order to go to a school you have to have relationships and that’s really big.” “It’s really just the campus and everything,” Sermon said. “Auburn just makes you feel at home. I like Auburn a lot. They’re in one of my top groups, my top 10 (along with Ohio State and Tennessee).”
Planning on narrowing things down to a top five by the end of the season or just after Sermon said he’s still a long way from making a decision.