Star Recruit Looking To Help The Cause

One of the nation's most highly regarded football prospects discusses his official visit to Auburn.

LaGrange, Ga.--Bluechip linebacker Tray Blackmon said before his official visit to Auburn that his commitment to the Tigers was a solid as a rock.

On Sunday, after spending the weekend on the Plains,'s top-ranked linebacker prospect in the country gave the trip to Auburn very high marks.

"It was a great visit," he says. "Everything went great."

The hard-hitting LaGrange High star was shown around campus and town by All-SEC middle linebacker Travis Williams and other players. "Travis Williams was my player host and he is a great guy," says Blackmon, who notes that he is looking forward to playing in Auburn's aggressive style of defense that features quick and athletic linebackers.

Blackmon, who made the short drive to Auburn with his mother, says that he plans to major in business as a college student. "I talked to the professors there," he notes. "That went well. They seem like they will help me work toward my goals."

Tre Blackmon is shown at a summer football camp.

Blackmon played on an undefeated state championship team this past fall at LaGrange High. He says that he enjoyed the Parade of Champions celebration on Saturday for another championship team, the 2004 Auburn squad that posted a 13-0 record.

"The parade was definitely a highlight," he says, noting that he was impressed with the turnout of fans. A crowd estimated at more than 10,000 jammed Toomer's Corner in downtown Auburn to join the celebration.

"There are great fans at Auburn," says Blackmon, who notes that some of the people in the crowd already knew him by name and were cheering for him. "They were having a lot of fun," he says. "The Auburn fans are crazy."

Blackmon says he used the weekend as an opportunity to get to know more of his future teammates. He adds that he is looking forward to getting to campus in early summer to get a head start on preparations for the 2005 season.

The linebacker, who chose Auburn over Georgia and others, says he also spent part of his weekend talking to the uncommitted visitors who were on campus for official visits. "I am trying to recruit all of those guys," he says.

Blackmon is an exciting package that combines speed and strength. He says his best 40-yard dash clocking is 4.49 and he plans to try to get even faster this spring when he runs sprints on the LaGrange High track team for the first time since he was a ninth grader.

After winning three state titles in football at LaGrange High, Blackmon says he is looking for more championships in his future as an Auburn linebacker.

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