Luis Rivas, a 6-4, 260-pounder from Coral Park High School, originally planned to be in Auburn last weekend. However, he stayed behind for a school project and says he is looking forward to being on the Plains this weekend.
A four-year starter, he is a good pass rusher who produced 15 quarterback sacks and 54 tackles last season.
"I would say my good footwork and overall speed are my strengths," says Rivas, who notes that he runs between a 4.98-4.9 in the 40-yard dash.
The defensive tackle also has excellent strength. He bench presses 380 pounds and squats 490. Quick feet and athleticism, combined with good size and strength, make him a standout in another sport. He is the defending district champion in the discus and is also an outstanding shot put man. He has personal bests of 160 feet in the discus and 50 in the discus.
Despite playing on a team that won just three games, the college scouts are finding him. He has taken official visits to Rutgers and South Florida. He estimates he has had around 15 scholarship offers. In addition to Auburn, he is looking at Syracuse, Ole Miss and Arkansas plus he says that he will likely choose from that group for his final official visit on Feb. 2nd.
"I am very interested in Auburn," he says. "One of my friends (Travaris Robinson) plays on the team and I am looking forward to seeing him. Auburn has a very strong football program and I have heard a lot of good things about Auburn."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Rivas played in the Dade-Broward All-Star Game on Monday night. "It went all right except for our team (Dade County) losing the game," he says. "I think I played good football. I am not sure how many tackles I made. I think it was around four."...Auburn assistant coach Eddie Gran stopped by to see Rivas on Wednesday while on a swing through the area.