"Coming down there right before the game for the Tiger Walk it was crazy because the people already knew my name and they were yelling out 'War Eagle Aaron' and 'let's go to Auburn,'" the 6-6, 292-pounder tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "That is exciting because coming down there I know I am a highly recruited prospect or whatever, but I didn't think people would know my name or anything like that."
Along with being well known, Brown also explains that he and his mother and father were also extremely well treated on their visit and really enjoyed the experience.
"The trip was great," he says. "We came in early in the morning and I already saw people out there grilling and I was like, ‘Man, this is crazy.' We came in at like six o'clock in the morning and people were outside grilling. Then, we got rested up and we went out for the Tiger Walk and stuff like that and it was a great experience, and then we just went into the (Georgia Tech) game and the atmosphere and all of the people, it was just crazy."
As for his favorite part of the trip, Brown says that he could not pick just one thing. "I like the Tiger Walk and the food," he notes. "We ate like every three hours. It was good. I haven't ever had anything like that. Also, I wanted to see the Tiger Walk because that was crazy. 50,000 fans were going crazy just wanting to see them walk down the road."
Brown's father, George, says that he was also very impressed with the Tigers' gameday atmosphere. "The game was actually an experience," he explains. "With them coming out of the tunnel with the smoke and everything, that kind of was like more of an NFL experience and I think Aaron really liked that, and that was kind of different from all of the other games that we had been to before. We really hadn't seen that before."
Along with having a great time before and during the game, Aaron also notes that he was able to get a good feeling for the type of atmosphere that surrounds the AU football program on a day to day basis. "I really think that it is more of a family type atmosphere and I really like that, so it is looking real nice for Auburn right now," he says.
Getting to know Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall better helped reinforce his view that the Tigers are a close-knit team. "I think he is a great coach and a great person," Brown notes. "We talked about how he and his team go out and do family type stuff. It is all about family at Auburn and I really like that."
Along with getting to know Nall, Brown says he really enjoyed spending a good bit of time with his player host Marcus McNeill, a preseason All-American who may be a first round NFL draft pick. "Being around him was great," he says. "He is a great football player and everything like that, but not only that. Off the field he is the funny type. He is fun to be around and stuff like that. Then, when he gets on the field he is aggressive and hitting his man so he is a real role model type for me."
Another impressive part of Brown's visit for both himself and his family was the time they got to spend learning about the academic support system for athletes at the university. "Going around the campus I just saw all of the different academic facilities that they have and it is all real nice," he notes. "We also went to the sports medicine facility and they had the doctors show me all of the stuff they do to the players and it was real nice."
His father, George Brown, notes, "We like the academics and, of course, the graduation rates. Myself and his mom, we really like that, and that is the most important thing, kids getting their education. And, at Auburn I think they do an excellent job of that."
The Tigers have 15 seniors on the 2005 team and have nine players who already have their degrees and are playing as graduate students.
Overall, the big tackle says that he feels like things could not have gone any better on his visit. "It would be a 10, no doubt," he explains. "I feel real good about Auburn. If I were to make my choice there I would be happy going there because it is an excellent school and the coaches are great and everything like that."
Brown will visit Ohio State this Saturday, Louisville on the 17th, Virginia Tech on the 24th and the Miami Hurricanes on Oct. 1. Brown, who is scheduled to graduate high school in December, plans to announce his college choice at a press conference at Princeton High on Oct. 6th.