Hyattsville, Md.--Rated a four-star guard by Scout, physical offensive lineman Marcus Minor already had offers from many of the top programs in the country before taking a visit to see the Auburn Tigers on Saturday. Spending the day watching the team practice, touring the facilities and talking with Coach Herb Hand, Minor said he got some good news on the trip that made it worthwhile.
“Coach Hand had talked to me saying that if I come down I would have a high chance of receiving an offer today,” Minor said. “His idea came out true. It was a great feeling. I liked the visit. I liked the dorms. It was a nice visit.”
Saying he was impressed by Jordan-Hare Stadium and the South Donahue dorms, Minor noted that he spent plenty of time with Hand and that gave him a chance to see him in action on the practice field and learn more about him off the field as well.
“I like his coaching style,” Minor said. “He’ll get on you when it comes down to it, but it’s all out of love and just trying to get you better and get you to the next level and better in life. I like how he coaches.”
With a need at offensive tackle and just one player committed in the 2017 class, five-star Calvin Ashley, Auburn is on the hunt for players to up front this year. Minor said that was a message he got plain and clear from Hand.
“It’s great that I’m needed for them,” Minor said. “There’s a chance I would play a lot during my time if I went there. It just puts everything into priority.
“He said they’re signing five offensive linemen this year,” he added. “They are looking for two or three tackles and a few swing guys, and he believes I’m a swing guy.”
Without a timetable to make a decision Minor said he’ll continue to take visits, one of which may be Auburn. With in-state Maryland, Duke, North Carolina, Penn State and others very much in the mix, Minor said his first look at the Tigers was an important step for him.
“It’s up with the schools that I like,” Minor said. “There’s a time down the road I feel like I’ll dwindle my schools down, whether or not I’ll commit I don’t know when that would be. I want to go through all my officials and I’ll just commit when I feel like the time is right. Auburn is up there with the schools I like and they could be in the mix of schools I go on officials to.”