South Florida Star Nearing A Decision

This two-way high school standout says he may have a decision on his college choice early this week.

Miami, Fla.--Luis Rivas says his official recruiting visit to Auburn this weekend was a good one.

The 6-4, 260-pound defensive tackle from Coral Park High School says he isn't ready to announce his college choice just yet, but he is getting close and the signs look promising for Auburn.

Luis Rivas was one of the top prospects at last year's Down And Dirty camp for linemen in Tampa.

He was planning to make at least one more recruiting visit to either Syracuse, Arkansas or Ole Miss, however, on Sunday he told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he is finished with his recruiting trips. He made an earlier official visit to Rutgers, a school that has received visits from a surprising number of top South Florida prospects. He also visited the University of South Florida in Tampa.

"I am done with my visits," he says. "I might be ready to pick a college by Monday."

Commenting on his weekend in Auburn, he says, "I had a great visit. My player host was Dave Walker, the offensive guard. We had a good time and I liked he people I met. I also talked to Travaris (Robinson). We played together in high school. My freshman year was his senior year. It was great to see him." Rivas says he knew Walker from competing against him in sports when the AU freshman was in high school.

The defensive tackle is expected to have an in-home visit with the Auburn coaches on Monday. Defensive tackles are high priority recruits for the Tigers and getting a commitment from Rivas would be a good pickup for Auburn.

A four-year starter, he is known as a strong pass rusher who produced 15 quarterback sacks and 54 tackles last season. He also played offense, but projects as a defensive lineman in college. He runs a 4.85 40-yard dash, bench presses 380 pounds and squats 490 pounds. He is known for his quick feet as well as his strength. That combination helped him have a strong performance as a defensive tackle in last week's Broward-Dade All-Star Game.

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