Big Lineman Wowed By Auburn Experience

One of the Sunshine State's top lineman talks about his official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Lakeland, Fla.--There is little doubt that Tiger Walk on gamedays is an experience that fires up both the fans and Auburn team before kickoff, but it can also do the same for a football recruit in town to visit the Auburn program and campus. That is the case with 6-8, 278 offensive tackle Jason Watkins from Lake Gibson High. One of the top offensive line prospects in Florida this season, he made an official visit to Auburn this weekend and came away blown away by what he saw.

"It was great," Watkins tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Everything was good. I had a great time up there. Tiger Walk was great of course. I went there and there were so many people there. Everybody was really friendly. Everybody is cheering for you when you're walking by and shaking your hand. I even signed some autographs for some little kids. I was like ‘man, they want an autograph already'. Then you have all those women screaming for you. I was like ‘this is the life right here'. It's all a family thing, that's what it is."

Making his first ever visit to Auburn Watkins says he didn't really know anything about the campus or fans until he arrived. He notes it didn't take him long to figure out this was the kind of place he could grow to enjoy for the next four of five years.

"It's great," Watkins says of Auburn. "At first I didn't know as much about them, but now that I've been there it seems like the place to be. It was great. It really made a good impression on me."

A powerful blocker at the point of attack with good footwork and athleticism, the former basketball player has drawn attention from all over because of his play the last two seasons. Despite what has happened this season Watkins says Auburn's style of play and the way they played Saturday night have him convinced this is a place he could be happy playing in the future.

"The game was just wild," Watkins says. "From the opening kick when he took the first play for a touchdown the crowd just went crazy. I really liked it, it's the kind of game I'm looking for. They just pound it straight down running at you. That's the kind of game I like. Just follow me. It fits right in with me."

Even though the Tigers didn't live up to preseason expectations they finished the regular season 7-5 and will make a bowl appearance for the fourth-straight season. Watkins says that the whole experience is what made his visit so special and has Auburn climbing his list of favorites heading into a dead period for recruiting through the holidays.

"They are up there now," he adds. "There are certain things about Auburn that you're not going to find anywhere else. The Tiger Walk still has me going and you had people in RV's that had been there since Tuesday. They are still out there drinking probably. It was fun."

A Louisiana native Watkins says that he will visit Oklahoma, LSU, Florida and Michigan State before making a decision. His visit to the Spartans and Coach John L. Smith will be in December.


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