Miami, Fla.--Former Miami commitment Joshua Uche took his first look at the Auburn Tigers while on his official visit and came away impressed by what he saw from Gus Malzahn’s program. Spending time with the coaching staff as well as taking in Auburn’s exciting basketball win over Kentucky, Uche said everything about the trip went great.
“They are one of the places I’m definitely considering,” Uche said. “Just the whole atmosphere, I really liked it. There are some Florida players up there and they seem to really enjoy it a lot. It’s a school I’m considering.”
Even though he dealt with some sickness while on his trip and that kept him from feeling 100 percent at times, Uche said overall his first look at Auburn was a very good experience.
“I really liked it,” he said. “It’s a small campus so there’s not a lot of room for you to get in trouble. It’s like a tight-knit family and I really liked that.”
A speed rusher who excels in getting to the quarterback off the edge, Uche said he liked what he heard from new Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as well as defensive line coach Rodney Garner in terms of their plans for him in the Tigers’ defense. After sitting down with them he said the plans now include him playing linebacker, something he likes.
“They said they really need a player like me on the team,” Uche said. “They said I would have a chance to play early and stuff like that.
“That does sound good to me,” he added of linebacker. “The ability to play early and contribute early is one of the key factors for me.”
Playing linebacker would mean working with Steele on a daily basis, something that Uche said he could see himself doing because of what Auburn’s new coordinator brings to the table.
“He’s a really genuine guy and I really like him a lot,” Uche said. “He made sure I was taken care of. He made it known I was really important to this team. His ability to coach players and stuff like that is really big.”
Another person who made an impact on Uche was Auburn freshman cornerback Carlton Davis. Also from Miami, Uche said the two hit it off and built a strong bond, something that could be big with other guys like Jeremiah Dinson, Tim Irvin and Paul James also on the roster.
“That’s really important because they’re from where I’m from,” Uche said. “We gelled together even though we’ve only been together for a few days.”
Planning to make his decision on signing day, Uche said at the moment it’s a three-team race between Auburn, Michigan and Florida. He plans to visit both the Wolverines and Gators the next two weekends before signing day.
“It’s just about feeling like I’m at home,” Uche said of what he’s looking for. “And just being comfortable.”