South Florida Athlete Talks About AU Visit

This tight end prospect discusses his visit to Auburn and how the Tigers stack up with the other three teams on his list.

Plantation, Fla.--One of the more athletic big men the Tigers are recruiting this season took a visit to Auburn this weekend and he came away impressed by what he saw on his first trip to the Plains. Big Darrell Strong, a 6-4 ½, 230-pounder that played quarterback this season and projects as a tight end on the next level, took an official visit to Auburn this weekend and says that he really likes what he saw.

"The visit went great," Strong tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I liked the stadium a lot, but what really got me was the comraderie of the football players. That's what really got me because they are so close to each other they are like brothers. That's the main thing that really got me."

Hosted on his visit by sophomore-to-be Ben Grubbs, Strong says the two really got along well and he liked being able to hang out with several of Auburn's offensive and defensive players. Among the players that stood out to him was defensive tackle Tommy Jackson from Opelika, one of the more personable Tigers in recent memory.

"I remember T.J. number 58, he was fun," Strong says. "I got to hang out with Cadillac, Ronnie Brown, Courtney Denson, Stanley McClover and Travis Williams. I already knew Willie Williams and we hung out a lot this weekend. All the people that flew up there with us from Miami kind of stayed together."

A commitment to Pitt in the early going, Strong is now wide open and says that he will make a decision before signing day, but it won't be until he's taken his last visit. Until then he says Auburn is in good shape.

"Auburn stands real high now after that," Strong says. "I wouldn't say they are my leader, but they are up there. I haven't gone on all my visits so I really can't decided yet. I'm going to visit Temple and Mississippi State before I make my decision. I have already visited Pittsburgh."

As a senior, his first year at quarterback, he threw for 1,000-plus passing yards with 16 touchdowns while completing 68.7 percent of his passes with just three interceptions. He also ran for 423 yards and seven TDs directing a run-oriented Wing-T offense. Monday Strong will participate in the Dade-Broward All-Star game as a quarterback, but most schools are recruiting him as a tight end.

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