Perkinston, Miss.--One of the top junior college defensive linemen in the country, four-star Isaiah Buggs took his first visit to Auburn over the weekend as part of Big Cat and left high on the Tigers. Spending time with the coaching staff and players in a laid-back environment, Buggs said he enjoyed everything about the trip.
“It was a great learning experience to get to know Auburn a little bit better,” Bugg said. “I had a great time, great coaching staff. The facilities are nice. Just everything around the program is good, decent enough for me.
“It was just a good learning experience,” he added. “I got better communication with the coaches and some of the players here. It's a great family here. I'm just kind of coasting along with it and having a great time.”
Planning to return to Auburn in the fall for an official visit, Buggs said the Tigers are very high on his list with schools such as Alabama and LSU also very much in the mix.
“They are on my list,” Buggs said. “They've been recruiting me throughout high school and as soon as I got to junior college, they stayed with me too. They're definitely on my list.”
One of the things that has Auburn climbing is his potential fit in Kevin Steele’s defense. With the ability to put his hand in the dirt and also stand up, Buggs said the Tigers’ system is something that could utilize his strengths as a player.
“They showed me how I would line up and how I can be effective here and there,” Buggs said. “Move me around to different spots so I can get a feel for how it is to playing every position.
“That's exciting to me because it shows I'm big and athletic and can move around.”
Planning on taking a pair of his official visits over the summer and the rest in the fall, Buggs said at the moment he doesn’t have a leader as he continues to try to narrow things down towards a decision.
“I'll probably make a commitment towards the middle of the season but sign at the end of the season,” Buggs said. “I'm going to have a good two years at any school I pick.”