Pittsburgh, Pa.--A four-star offensive tackle prospect with offers from all over the country, big C.J. Thorpe was at Auburn on Saturday to check out the Auburn Tigers at the annual A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Making trips to Georgia and Alabama on Thursday and Friday, Thorpe said finishing it off on the Plains was a great way to end a tour of the the SEC for him.
“Herb Hand came from Penn State and he’s been recruiting me pretty heavily,” Thorpe said. “I got the offer before I even came down. Him being down there is huge. We already have a real nice relationship and having a dude down there I already know is real nice.
“I was really tight with him at Penn State,” he added. “When he moved and came down there immediately when he got situated he started hitting me up. That was huge.”
Seeing the campus and Jordan-Hare Stadium while getting a feel for the atmosphere at Auburn, Thorpe said he loved everything about his first look at the Tigers.
“It’s beautiful down there,” Thorpe said. “The weather was beautiful. The environment is great with all the people. Everybody has been talking to me. All of the facilities are amazing.”
Saying that he plans to break down his list of schools sometime soon, Thorpe said Auburn can be a “huge factor” after seeing them in person. He said the Tiger will “definitely” be in the group along with Georgia and Penn State, but those are the only three he knows so far.
With plans to return to Auburn for an official visit in the fall, Thorpe said there’s just something about the school and campus that appeals to him following his trip.
“It’s just the overall feeling down there,” Thorpe said. “I really like it. Just all the people and with the Tiger Walk, everyone was just great just talking to me being a recruit. It’s just nice. The facilities are nice and all the coaches and people there just seem really personable.”