Huntington, W.V.--A talented offensive lineman already with offers from across the country, Riley Locklear was on the Auburn Tigers campus Tuesday to check out the Tigers as they opened spring practice. Spending time with new offensive line Coach Herb Hand and getting a feel for the campus, the 6-5, 280 Locklear said everything about his first look at Auburn went well.
“It was honestly great because I got to see Coach Hand first-hand,” Locklear tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “He does a lot of stuff with his offensive linemen that I like. He’s really hands-on with them.
“He’ll go from inside to outside and station to station. He’ll work on feet and hand placement and one-on-on and then talk about the things you might have missed that you need to work on to get better. I really like that about him.”
While every position has a close bond with its position coach, perhaps none are as close as the offensive line coach and his players because of the constant detail and technique needed to play and coach the position. Because of that Locklear said it was important for him to see Hand in action on the field to see how he coaches his players.
“To see him on the field and see him coaching was great,” Locklear said. “It kind of opened everything up for me to see what it would be like to play for him. It’s going to make my decisions easier when I come down to the final schools I decide to attend or maybe commit to.”
Playing for Spring Valley High in Huntington, Locklear already has some big schools on his radar with offers from Florida State, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virginia. While he doesn’t have an offer from Auburn yet he said that’s something that could happen down the road, but that all depends on how the Tigers view him as a player moving forward.
“They haven’t really spoken to me much about it because they are weighing out their options right now,” Locklear said. “I think he may have said he’s taking four or five guys. They are really looking for tackles and he said I was a swing guy and with my height and my length I would really be good as a guard or a tackle, I could do both. They haven’t really talked to me too much about an offer.”
Unsure of where he stands with the Tigers at the moment following the visit Locklear said he would likely take a return visit if he gets the Auburn offer. If he does he said Auburn is a place that could definitely make a run at his top group when the time comes.
“It’s just the atmosphere there,” Locklear said. “The people are great. It’s great and the people are really laid back. It kind of has a country feel to it, but it’s still a college town and they have a great football.”