One player who figures to go a long way towards helping some team up front officially visited the Auburn campus officially this weekend and came away feeling good about the Tiger program.
Rating his visit a perfect "10," big lineman Tim Duckworth, a 6-4, 295 pound athlete with surprising quickness, tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he had a fantastic time on his weekend. Playing host to Duckworth was former high school teammate and close friend Jason Campbell
"It was great," he notes. "I had a lot of fun. My player host was Jason. I liked the way the people like everyone there. I like the position I'll be playing and all that stuff. If I decide to go up there I'll have a position that I've always wanted to play…. I had been up there before and I liked the basketball game a lot, especially at the end. It was pretty crunk."
The position he's being recruited for by the Tigers is defensive end. With the size to play inside at tackle but the quickness and burst to play end, Duckworth fits the bill of an NFL style defensive end but hasn't graduated high school yet.
"He's cool," Duckworth says of Auburn defensive ends coach Terry Price. "I get along with him good. I took some pictures with all them (the coaches). It was pretty cool."
With just one official visit remaining before he makes a decision, Duckworth says that he's narrowed it down to two schools but may take his time in announcing what school he will attend.
"I'll probably go to Southern Miss sometime, probably this weekend," Duckworth says. "It's Auburn and Ole Miss right now, just them two. I'm going to wait a while before I make a decision though to let them sweat a while."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Once thought to be a long shot to qualify as a freshman, Duckworth now appears to have a good chance at being eligible as a freshman. That news will make his recruitment heat up tremendously over the next month as teams and players alike get ready for National Signing Day on February 6, 2002.