Traveling (Line) Man Plans To Check Out Tigers

This defensive prospect discusses an upcoming visit to the Plains.

Buford, Ga.--Busy traveler Neil Brown is likely to head into Auburn this weekend on Saturday or Sunday for his second unofficial visit to the Plains.

Brown, a 6-1, 250-pound defensive tackle who may play another position on the college level, visited Auburn unofficially for the USC game in September.

"I like the atmosphere, playing there the crowd is really into it," Brown said about his first trip to the Plains. "And it is loud and you know everybody is rooting for you."

The athletic lineman has taken more trips this recruiting season than a travel editor. Brown, who says he is still wide open on a decision, has taken four official visits to Michigan State, Duke, North Carolina and Tennessee this past weekend and will visit Alabama officially on the 30th. He has also taken four unofficial visits to Auburn, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Neil Brown

Despite having a hard time deciding exactly where he wants to play on the next level, Brown says that he does know what he wants to find in the school that will acquire his services for the next four years.

"A good mixture of academics and football," Brown says about what is important to him. "The family environment from the team and wherever I feel comfortable because I think that is important because if you go somewhere that you are not comfortable you are probably not going to like it overall."

This season Brown helped lead his 15-0 Buford High School Wolves to their second state title. The senior pilled up 84 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and three sacks on the season, while missing four games due to a pulled hamstring.

There are a lot of colleges vying for this big, athletic defensive lineman's signature on February 4th and Brown says he believes it is due to two key factors.

"I am quick off the ball," he says. "My coach in high school he is all about his players becoming a technician. So, I have pretty good technique of using my hands and making the correct steps, so I think that is a plus for me. I play defensive tackle in high school, but I will probably play defensive end in college because I have pretty good speed for my size. I run a 4.7 and I am 250."

With another trip to check out the Auburn program in the works for this weekend, Brown says that he has already seen quite a few things about the Tigers that he really likes.

"I like the distance because it is only like an hour and a half away," he explains. "So, I can get some people, some of my high school buddies or some of my coaches they could come watch me at the games. The fan support is tremendous. Both games that I went to were pretty much almost sold out. And the players play hard--they are great coaches--they are known for getting some players in the NFL also. And their facilities are real nice. Their weight room has to be one of the best that I have seen throughout all of my visits."

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