Early Playing Time Factor For Big Lineman

This big South Florida product is looking for a school that can offer him a chance to play early and after visiting Auburn he is very interested in the Tigers.

Coral Gables, Fla.--With the Auburn offensive line losing three starters after the 2001 season, there will be some openings to be filled and the chance of playing early is just one thing that Alex Pou says he likes about Auburn.

Alex Pou

The six-foot-four, 290 pounder from Coral Gables, Fla., High took an official visit to Auburn for the Iron Bowl and notes he had an enjoyable visit despite the Tigers 31-7 loss to the Tide. "It was great except they didn't win the game," Pou told Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I really thought the fans were the best part."

With seniors Kendall Simmons, Mike Pucillo and Hart McGarry graduating following the season, Pou said AU offensive line coach Hugh Nall said one of those spots could be his if he chose the Tigers. "Playing early is definitely a factor," Pou added. "I want to play early and Coach Nall said I have a chance to do that at Auburn if I work hard this summer and pay attention to what is going on."

Pou said he got to spend a lot of time with Nall on Saturday night and Sunday morning and came away impressed with the assistant coach. "I enjoyed being around Coach Nall," Pou said. "He's a real good guy. He's serious about what he does and he's a good coach. He has put a lot of guys to the next level."

The big lineman had an impressive high school career at Coral Gables and his senior season was no different. "I graded out at 95 percent on my assignments and had 70 pancake blocks," Pou said. He played left tackle this season and played guard as a junior.

Auburn cornerback Travaris Robinson was Pou's player host and the two knew each other from Robinson's days in the Miami area as a prep standout. "He told me a lot about the program," Pou noted. "It's like one big family. He told me guys stick by each other and are always there for you."

Pou has three more official visits lined up with trips to Arkansas, Florida and Tennessee scheduled in the next few months. With the lineman wanting to play early at the next level, Pou said his best chances to do that were at Auburn or Arkansas.

TIGER TICKET EXTRA: Pou said he was excited to get to see Auburn left tackle Kendall Simmons play in person. "He's one of the best in the nation," Pou noted...With plans to major in business, Pou got to visit the Lowder Business Building on the AU campus during his visit and came away impressed with the facilities...As for a decision on his college choice, Pou said he would make an announcement after he took all his official visits.

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