Lineman's Visit to AU Receives High Marks

A football prospect talks about his weekend trip to AU, where he stands in the recruiting process and his senior season.

Lovejoy, Ga.—Six-foot-four, 260-pound lineman Byron Isom, who blocks for Auburn commit Mario Fannin on offense at Lovejoy High, made his first unofficial trip to Auburn for a football game and came away very impressed as the Tigers defeated Ole Miss.

"The visit was great," Isom says. "The fans there were great. I went into the locker room at halftime and at the end of the game, got to meet some of the players, talked to the coaches and set up my official visit for the Alabama game. The whole atmosphere was great and I really enjoyed it.

"My favorite part was the entrance that they had and the War Eagle and hearing that whole story," he adds. "It was electrifying. It was mind blowing, actually."

The big lineman, who plays both offense and defense for the Wildcats, also notes that Auburn's gameday experience stacks up very favorably against the others he has taken in.

"I went to South Carolina earlier this year," he explains. "I went to Georgia earlier this year and I went to Florida last year and I would say that Auburn is at the top of those."

Along with getting a feel for what life on a gameday would be like, Isom also notes that he enjoyed speaking with a number of the Auburn coaches. "I talked to Coach (Hugh) Nall a lot," he says. "We talked about what I would be doing if I came there. He told me that I would be able to get my number if I went there and I like that. I talked to Coach (Terry) Price. I also talked to Coach (Tommy) Tuberville for a second and it was a great feeling around there. I felt at home there."

The two-way standout adds that even though he is currently being recruited as a defensive lineman that could change. "We talked about that and Coach Nall said that I am going in as a defensive player, a three technique, but if I am not in the depth chart, the first or second string, then he is going to bring me over to offense," he says.

Byron Isom

Isom, who says he doesn't have a real preference for either position, does believe that he could make a bigger impact on offense. "I would say that it is more fun to play defense, but I feel like I am a better offensive lineman to go to the next level, and even past that," he explains. "I feel like I can excel at offense.

"I am really athletic for my size," he continues, "I have good feet for an offensive lineman and I also have great balance. I think those are qualities that an offensive lineman needs."

The lineman says that getting the chance to see everything that Auburn had to offer made a big impression on him. "After the visit, I would say that Auburn would be number one right now," he notes. "It was great. My mom enjoyed it. She likes the distance, how close it was. It was just all-around good.

"I would say that South Carolina and Florida, those are pretty much the other two, nobody else really," he adds about which other teams are in the running for his signature in February. "I want to make my decision after I take my official visits. I want to take in all of that."

He also says that he will likely only take official visits to those three colleges and is in the process of getting all of the dates finalized.

"I have one to South Carolina setup in January, but I also had one to Auburn set up in January and we changed that one to the Alabama," Isom says. "So, South Carolina may switch theirs to sometime during the season and Florida was just calling me the other day about changing my visit to the Florida State game."

He adds that once he takes his visits he would like to sit down pretty quickly and work on making his final decision. "I think I would want to commit early, know what I am going to be doing and find out my position so I know what I should work on in the offseason."

Things on the football field were far from perfect for the Wildcats this season, but Isom says that he was able to play well despite a rough season in the win-loss column.

"My team didn't do well at all," he says. "We were hurt by a lot of injuries and we finished off the season 3-7. On the other hand I did have a great season on both sides of the ball. On defense I had 68 tackles, eight sacks and two touchdowns. On offense I graded out at 94 percent overall and I had, I think it was 53 pancakes."

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