Cincinnati, Ohio--A defensive end turned offensive tackle, 6-6, 292 Prince Sammons saw his recruiting take a big turn when Herb Hand came from Penn State to Auburn Tigers in January to coach the offensive line. Visiting the Plains in January to get a second look at the campus and find out Hand’s plans for him, Sammons said Auburn just felt like the right place for him and since that time he’s never looked back.
“It was nothing really particular,” Sammons says about on his college choice. “I just prayed about my decision and kind of followed the steps of God and where he wanted me to follow. I kind of felt like Auburn was going to be the best fit for me.
“One is because of the weather," he points out. "It’s a great school in the SEC, a great program. If I want to play at the next level I need to play where it’s going to make me better and the SEC is the best fit for me.”
Recently, Sammons got another chance to sample Auburn’s weather and see the campus when he was back for the A-Day game and festivities at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Getting a chance to see what the Tigers’ offensive tackles looked like and how they performed, Sammons says for him it was a good first look at what will be expected of him when he arrives on campus this summer.
It was also an opportunity to continue to learn more about Hand and get a feel for him as a coach. Already familiar with Hand while he was at Penn State, Sammons said the coach is someone he believes can make him a better player when he gets to Auburn.
“He’s a good man and a Godly guy,” Sammons said. “I love him. When he was at Penn State I wasn’t thinking of going to Penn State, it was too cold. When he came to Auburn I was like ‘wow.’ I knew I could play for him because of the way he can teach me the game.
“I loved defensive end and played there,” he added. “I wanted to play defensive end in college, but when he told me he didn’t think that was the best fit for me and got me to try offensive tackle, I kind of liked it. Playing in the NFL offensive linemen last longer in the league. I want to play longer so that’s why I said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it as an offensive lineman.'”
The next order of football business for Sammons is get to Auburn and begin his career with the Tigers. When he does that he will be around someone who is very familiar with what he’s gone through and what life will be like when he gets to college, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Prince Tega Wanogho Jr., who like Sammons was born in Nigeria.
“It was very huge for me,” Sammons says of having Wanogoho as part of the AU football team. “Coming to the school I see someone from the same culture as me. We kind of grew up the same way. That’s a big compliment to Auburn and him. I know I’m going to struggle a little bit, but he’s going to help because he’s already been there for a year. He can teach me and let me know it’s going to get better. It was a big plus.”