"The visit was real fun," he says. "I had a real good time. I got to meet some of the players. It was real nice. Everybody welcomed me and the whole visit was real good."
An early commitment to Auburn, he decided to take one other visit before he came. He traveled to Oxford, Miss., a week earlier to check out the Ole Miss Rebels. "It was nice," he says of the Ole Miss trip.. "I had a good time, but I am still going to sign with Auburn."
The 6-4 1/2, 250-pound tight end came to Auburn after a Friday night basketball game. He is averaging 11 points and eight rebounds per game for Montevallo High School.
The sport runs in the family. His father, who is also named Lawrence, was a 6-11 center for Alabama State who was drafted by the New York Knicks in the sixth round of the 1973 draft. When asked who is the better basketball player, the Auburn commitment says, "He has still got me. We used to play one-on-one when I was little, but we don't anymore. He has gotten old."
Lilly received an in-home visit from Tommy Tuberville and Terry Price prior to taking his official visit to Ole Miss. He says the AU coaches were not upset with that. "I just wanted to see another school," Lilly says. "I am going to sign with Auburn. Everything is fine."
When asked what else he discussed with the Auburn coaches, he says, "They talked about me playing next season. They told me if I work that I will get to play."
Lawrence Lilly says that he is going to sign with Auburn on Feb. 6th.
Tailback Carnell Williams was Lilly's player host. The star freshman gave the high school senior some advice, Lilly says. "We talked a lot. He talked about the good things and the bad things when more than one school is recruiting you down to the end. Carnell is a good, down-to-earth guy. I enjoyed being with him."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Lilly reached 257 pounds during football season, but basketball has caused him to drop seven pounds. At times he falls into the 240s, he notes...Although he is not up to his father's basketball standards, Lilly isn't bad. In his best game this season, he scored 25 points with 11 rebounds and six assists vs. Pelham...In football, Lilly had eight catches 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also saw limited duty on defense. "I played a little bit of defense at the beginning of the season," he says. "I sprained my ankle pretty good during the season so I just played one way after that. It doesn't bother me anymore."...Lilly runs a 4.8 40, has a 35-inch vertical jump and is known for having good hands...He adds that he has a qualifying ACT score and a 3.2 grade point average...He says that for a career field he is interested in some type of sports management, but he is still looking at several options.