With 31 sacks and 150 tackles this season, the 6-2 ½, 227-pound speed rusher is being pursued by many of the top programs in the countr , but has chosen a wide variety of schools for his final four.
Taurean Charles is considered one of the top defensive prospects in South Florida.
With visits already in the books to N.C. State and Rutgers and a trip to Florida scheduled for Feb. 1, Charles says that the Wolfpack leads for his services at the moment. While that is the case, he does say he's still pretty much open and looking forward to heading to Auburn this weekend to see what life is like in Alabama.
"I'm trying to see the area, the town, basically just Alabama," he notes about his visit to Auburn this weekend. "I don't know too much about Alabama but I'm trying to figure out some things about the town, how the people treat you, whether there's football hype. I just want to know how I will adapt to the place for the next four or five years."
You could easily expect the names Auburn and Florida to be on the list of such a talented player, and even N.C. State doesn't cause any major alarms to go off, but when Rutgers is mentioned in the same breath it usually catches people off guard. That used to be the case, but the staff at the New Jersey school has hit the Sunshine State hard the last several years and that is one of the reasons Charles decided to give them a visit. But the main one is the presence of a former teammate on the Scarlet Knights roster.
"They went pretty good," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers of his trips to Raleigh and Piscataway. "N.C. State was good. The program and the area--it was a nice quiet town. Raleigh was hyped. They have a lot of fan support and stuff. They have nice facilities and me and the academic advisors had a good bond…at Rutgers me and the coaches kicked it off pretty well. I had a lot of fun. I have players that played on my team last year that are there now. Clarence Pittman was one of my player hosts. He just basically talked everything about Rutgers. He told me the inside and out. He told me the truth from his point of view. It was all good. We had a good time and they look like a program on the rise if they can get enough talent."
Auburn was recruiting teammate Travarous Bain earlier in the season, but the Tigers decided to go another direction during the process. A 6-1, 175-pound defensive back, he is considering Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and others.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Another player the Tigers are recruiting decided against an early week visit to Florida State on Monday and now says he will visit Georgia Tech this weekend before making a decision. Big 6-6, 285-pound offensive lineman Troy Reddick from Westover High in Albany , Ga., tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he decided against the visit to Tallahassee and will choose his school following his trip to Atlanta. Auburn is the leader for his services at the moment with Clemson and Georgia Tech hot on the Tigers' heels.