Tate Rates His Official Visit to Auburn

Benjamin Tate, a tailback who checked out the Tigers over the weekend, discusses his official visit to Auburn.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn running back commitment Benjamin Tate, who has already taken three unofficial visits to Auburn this summer including a camp visit, took his official visit to the Plains over the weekend with family members and says he had a good visit and got exactly what he wanted out of the trip.

"I had a nice time there," Tate tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I got to see what the game atmosphere was like, which I really wanted to see. I just had a nice time overall.

"My host was Kenny Irons and we had a pretty nice time. I had already been down here so many times that the thing I really wanted to see was the game atmosphere. I just had a great, great time overall, besides the loss or whatever."

Benjamin Tate Jr., the talented tailback's father, also says that he really enjoyed the visit, too. "It was really nice, the hospitality, everybody was friendly, the tailgating, we loved it. It was an excellent trip."

The 5-10 1/2, 208-pound tailback prospect says that the gameday atmosphere that he was looking forward to experiencing easily lived up to his expectations. "Oh yeah, it was pretty crazy," he explains. "The Tiger Walk, how many people were there just to see them walk in. Then, there were 87,000 fans just out there. I haven't ever seen anything like it before."

Tate was a standout at an Auburn football camp this summer.

Tate also notes that even though he did not enjoy seeing the Tigers lose their season opener, it was not something that was weighing on his mind. "It's not a really big deal to me because I am not playing right now, but it kind of blew the fun of the night after the game, but it was still pretty good," he says.

Along with getting to check out the gameday atmosphere, Tate explains that he also got to take a deeper look at the academic situation at Auburn, and came away impressed. "I talked to the academic counselors and it seems like they take academics real, real seriously," he notes.

Tate's father also says that getting to know even more about how serious the Tigers take academics was a key part of the visit. "That is the most important thing," Tate Jr. says. "Football is second, his degree is the most important to me. That is what pulled us toward Auburn more because of the academics and the support that they have for the athletics."

Overall, the talented running back prospect says that his visit only helped him to solidify his commitment to the Tigers and rated the trip and 8.5 out of 10.

However, even though Tate says he is a very solid commitment to the Tigers, he adds that he is going to take all of his official vistas during the fall. He says he is planning to trip to Maryland next weekend, Penn State on October 8th when they play Ohio State and Florida and North Carolina sometime during the season.

Tate was one of two players in for official visits as the Tigers played Georgia Tech. Offensive lineman Aaron Brown from Princeton High in Cincinnati, Ohio is expected to be on campus until Labor Day.

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