Perkinston, Miss.--One of the top-rated junior college defensive linemen in the country, four-star Isaiah Buggs was back on the Plains last weekend to check out the Auburn Tigers. With a wild atmosphere surrounding the game with Clemson and the defense showing the toughness expected of them, Buggs said everything about his time in Auburn went great.
“Everything stood out,” Buggs tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “The players, the whole atmosphere, the whole nine yards, the coaches, the whole thing was straight.
“It was real important to me,” he added of seeing Jordan-Hare Stadium rocking. “I want to see what type of atmosphere I’m going to play in and just to see that many fans there, it was crazy.”
One of the things that stood out to Buggs was the play of Rodney Garner’s group up front. With Carl Lawson and Marlon Davidson just two of five defensive ends that saw action as part of an 11-man rotation, Buggs said seeing so many different guys on the field was huge for him.
“I liked how Coach (Garner) keeps them fresh by rolling them,” Buggs said. “That just keeps everyone fresh and Coach does a good job of getting them in and out, and the defense played hard. Just overall the defense amazed me.”
Isaiah Buggs is a physical defensive lineman for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
That showing by the defense, holding a potent Clemson offense to just 19 points, is something that Buggs said he’s been waiting to see from Auburn and it only backed up what he thought about this current defensive staff for the Tigers.
“There is some good coaching going on over there,” Buggs said. “Wherever there is good coaching that’s what I want to be part of. I want to be part of good coaching.”
With a current top group of Auburn, Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss, Buggs doesn’t have any official visits set, but does have plans to visit the Crimson Tide and the Rebels sometime this season. He said right now those four programs still stand out to him with a fifth also in the mix.
“Those four schools are my top schools right now, including FSU,” Buggs said. “They’re not making the list, but they’re still on my radar very high. Right now I’m just taking my time with everything.”
With one trip to Auburn under his belt for a game, Buggs said it won’t be the last time he gets to Jordan-Hare Stadium this season after what he experienced last weekend.
“I’ll probably get back to Auburn soon once they play a good rival team,” Buggs said. “We’ll see how that works out, but I’ll definitely get back to Auburn.”