Football Prospect Says Tigers Are His Leaders

This visitor to Auburn notes that he had a "sweet" visit to the AU campus.

Sylvania, Ohio--It may have seemed cold in Auburn to the locals this weekend, but for Matt Muller his first trip to SEC country was like an early spring vacation.

"I absolutely loved the trip to Auburn," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I was walking around in short sleeves and people were cold, but I wasn't cold at all. I guess it was cold for down there, but for me it was like spring weather here. It was nice."

The 6-3, 245-pounder from St. Francis De Sales High in Toledo, a traditional northern Ohio prep power, says there is a good chance that he will be an Auburn Tiger in 2004. "The trip to Auburn was awesome. It was a lot better than the one I made last week (Columbia)."

Muller says he didn't commit to the Tigers, but notes that Auburn is his leader. "I am definitely interested," he says. "They talked about me coming down there in the summer and working and maybe living in one of the dorms. They don't really have a scholarship, I guess, but if I win the job I will get one. They are not bringing anybody else down (to deep snap) so they basically said it is going to be mine if I work hard enough.

"I think I am going to come down to Auburn, but I am going to talk to a couple of more schools (Toledo and Kent State) this week," Muller says. "Being a special teams player a lot of people get into the recruiting late."

Muller says the hospitality was good and so was the food he had at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night and at Outback Steakhouse on Friday evening.

"At the stadium we had pretty much anything you wanted--shrimp, steak, chicken," he says. "I had a couple of pieces of steak, chicken and salad. I was so full I didn't want anymore. The food was different than what we have up here."

One of the different menu items was something he tried on Friday night. "Everybody ordered sweet tea at Outback even though it wasn't on the menu," he says. "I thought I would give it a try. It was all right."

Muller says he felt comfortable with the players and the coaches. "I enjoyed meeting Coach (Eddie) Gran. He seems like a really good guy. I ate dinner with him and his daughters Saturday night. That was kind of weird because coaches normally don't bring their families along on recruiting trips, but I thought it was good. There is a real good family atmosphere with the team. I really enjoyed it."

He says that player host Kody Bliss showed him around campus and gave him positive feedback on playing for the Tigers. "We talked about punting and how they cover kicks and how they protect the punter," he says. "We went out to dinner and that was fun. I created myself in NCAA 2004 for Play Station and that was pretty cool. I liked putting my Number 50 jersey on and I got to walk out on the field. That was fun. They tried to make it like the game day atmosphere. Getting to see your jersey in the locker room was real sweet."

Muller toured campus and met with the academic support group for the football team as well as an instructor from exercise science, the field he wants to study in college. Muller is an honor student with almost a perfect grade point average in an advanced curriculum.

His coach, Dick Cromwell, notes that Muller not only a talented deep snapper at St. Francis De Sales. "He is one of our team captains and a great kid and one of the leaders in our school," the coach says. "He is also a very strong student."

The Tigers will be looking to replace Jeremy Wells as their starting deep snapper in 2004.

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