Six-foot-four, 235-pound Preston Dial from UMS-Wright Prep says that he had a good time while at the camp and actually got a suggestion from one of the Auburn coaches that may have an impact on where he plays in college.
"It was excellent," Dial tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "There wasn't nearly as many people here last year, but it's still fun. I like to watch the new guys and I learn a lot. I had a lot of fun out there. The coaches are great.
"I came as a tight end, but Coach (Joe) Whitt talked to me and asked me how I would feel at defensive end. I told him that I love to play and just want to play college football. So, I worked with the defensive ends a little bit and going back and forth between offense and defense."
Big Preston Dial is receiving interest from schools all over the South. He was one of 495 who attended the Junior-Senior Camp at AU this week. The Tigers have two more camps this week.
Already offered by Alabama, Florida State, Louisville and West Virginia, Dial is wanted as a tight end for most schools, but Auburn is coming off a recruiting season in which the Tigers landed two of the most heavily recruited tight ends in the South in Tommy Trott and Gabe McKenzie and also signed Andrew McCain from Birmingham, another highly regarded tight end. Because of that the Tigers like Dial more as a defensive end, a fact he says is fine with him.
"I have been playing football since I was five and always have been taught to be aggressive, play your position, get to the ball and attack the ball," Dial says. "I have played defense my whole life so learning the techniques is the only thing I need to improve on. It's going pretty smoothly. Coach Whitt and some of the other coaches told me they were impressed by how much I improved while at camp. I was excited to hear that."
Despite the fact that Auburn hasn't offered Dial to this point, the Tigers are in the picture. He says that Florida State, Alabama, South Carolina, LSU and Miami are his favorites at the moment along with Auburn, who made the list and could move up quickly if an offer is forthcoming.
"I have been receiving a lot of mail from them and have spoken to Coach Whitt," Dial says. "I have just basically talked to them. I know they recruited a lot of tight ends and me being a tight end was one reason that things were slow going along. I have definitely expressed my interest in coming to Auburn University. It's a great campus, great atmosphere and a great football program. They've built a lot of tradition the last few years. It would be a good thing to be a part of."
As a junior Dial caught 25 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. He also finished second in both the shot put and discuss at the state track meet.