Lineman Likes What He Sees Out Of Tigers

This Georgia standout talks recruiting and what he likes about Auburn at the moment.

College Park, Ga.–-There is always a premium on big, athletic linemen in the recruiting game and this season one of the best is Lovejoy's Byron Isom.

A 6-3, 260-pounder with good feet and the ability to play either defense or offense on the next level, Isom currently has 24 offers from some of the top schools in the country, but says that a few schools rise to the top in his mind.

"Right now Auburn, South Carolina, Michigan State, Florida and Ohio State are at the top of my list," Isom tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have an offer from Florida, but not Ohio State. I already have an official visit set to Auburn for the first weekend of January and South Carolina the next weekend."

I'm up to 24 offers right now," he adds. "Illinois is my latest offer. Michigan State should be rolling in sometime this week. They just watched my film and said they would be getting it out to me."

Isom is a physical player who is moving up the charts for many teams around the country.

Being recruited by most teams as a defensive lineman, Isom says only Auburn is telling him he'll get a look on both sides of the ball. While he admits that he would prefer to play defense, the potential he has on offense is something he won't ignore.

"Auburn is recruiting me as a guy who can play either side," Isom says. "Everybody else is recruiting me as a defensive lineman. I prefer defense, but Coach (Hugh) Nall says he sees me as a guard that can make it to the NFL. He's coached a lot of offensive linemen that have made it. That's exciting.

"He's really down to earth," Isom adds of Nall. "He's real cool. He's one of the few coaches I talk to that when I get on the phone we talk a lot. It's not just ‘Hey, how are you doing.' He's talked to my mom once or twice. He gives me a really good feeling. Coach Nall is pretty cool."

Isom had plans to attend Auburn's game against South Carolina last Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium, but didn't make the trip. He says that at the time he felt like just staying at home because of a disappointing loss the night before. Although he didn't make it the night wasn't a total loss as he spent time with current commitment and teammate Mario Fannin taking in the game on TV.

"It was pretty impressive actually," Isom says of the Tigers. "I see them stepping back up after they lost to Georgia Tech. They're moving back up in the SEC. I'm looking forward to get things from them."

Sidelined with a high ankle sprain two weeks ago, Fannin's injury has put a damper on the season for Lovejoy, but not his enthusiasm over his future team. Isom says that watching the game with Fannin Saturday night was part of a recruiting pitch the quarterback is putting on as signing day gets closer.

"He invited me to his house Saturday to watch the Auburn game," Isom says. "He ordered some pizza and I was just over there talking with him and his parents. They were convincing me to go to Auburn. He's been doing that for a long time."

With his team's playmaker on the sidelines, Lovejoy has struggled and will have to get hot to make the playoffs with just four games remaining. That's still a very reachable goal says the big lineman.

"It's not going to well right now," Isom says. "We just lost our fourth game of the season. We're 2-4 right now and last in our region at 0-2. We're just trying to pick it up. We can still make the playoffs and with all the talent we have it shouldn't be any problem. It's just the little things. We're trying to iron those out right now."

Despite the struggles Isom has done his part. Starting at both defensive and offensive tackle, Isom has 22 tackles with five for a loss. He also has four sacks. In a loss last weekend he returned a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown, not a normal feat for a defensive tackle on any level.

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