Defender Likes Visit But...

This South Florida defender says an upcoming trip will likely determine his college choice.

Miami, Fla.--Rating his visit to Auburn a 9 on a scale from 1-10, defensive end Taurean Charles from Northwestern High says that he saw everything he needed to see to make the Tigers a serious contender for his services. But that still may not be enough to get him out of the Sunshine State as a visit to Florida this coming weekend will likely determine his future.

"It went pretty good," the 6-2 ½, 227 Charles tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The facilities are real top of the line. The hospitality of the Tigerettes was great."

Taurean Charles

Hosted by Miami native and current Auburn offensive lineman David Walker, Charles says he enjoyed getting to see the small-town setting of Auburn and all the things it has to offer to a potential student-athlete.

"He took me around Auburn a little bit and the surrounding communities," he notes. "We went to the black college at Tuskegee, it was a lot of fun. Auburn fit in perfect for what I am looking for. It's a nice, quiet town. The setting was nice. The food places were right there. The sports complex, the practice fields and everything were right there. You don't have to go too far away. Inside the athletic facility to you have everything you need right there."

An all-state performer who set the single-season record for sacks with 31 as a senior, Charles projects as a pass rushing defensive end on the collegiate level. With 150 tackles also to his credit playing both outside linebacker and end, Charles says that he has a couple of things he's looking for when selecting a school and if Florida has both he'll likely choose the Gators this coming weekend.

"I really don't know yet. Every school is basically the same, the only difference is the facilities and things like that. I'm really looking for bonds with the coaches and basically all the schools I have been to I have had that. If Florida has what I'm looking for as far as academically and on the field, I will probably to go Florida. If they can provide me with the tutoring and all that good stuff that comes along with being a student-athlete then I figure why go out of state when it's right there."

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