Prospect Excited to Check Out Iron Bowl

One of Georgia's top players talks about his scheduled official visit to Auburn this weekend for the Alabama game.

Lovejoy, Ga.-—One of Georgia's top two-way high school players will make an official visit to Auburn this weekend for the Iron Bowl showdown between the Tigers and Alabama. After hearing about the game from Auburn, and even rival coaches, Lovejoy High lineman Byron Isom says he can't wait to be in the stands on Saturday.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Isom tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Everybody is saying the Auburn-Alabama game is a big game, even when I talk with other coaches from other schools. I tell them I'm going to the game and they're kind of intimidated by that. They say it might sway my decision.

"I'm really forward to being a part of that," he adds. "It shows me how big of a game it really is. I hear about it all the time, but it really tells me it's the real deal."

Isom played both offense and defense for Lovejoy this season and is being recruited on both sides for the next level.

An unofficial visitor to Auburn for the Ole Miss game last month as well as Junior Day last spring, the 6-4, 260-pounder with good quickness and strength says he was impressed by the atmosphere on that day but knows it's nothing compared to what he will see this weekend.

"When I went to the Ole Miss game there was a nice turnout and it was loud," Isom says. "One of the coaches actually compared it to my junior day because I went there for junior day (Auburn's A-Day game) in March or April. I was like ‘it's a big difference' because I was comparing the Ole Miss game to the junior day. He said ‘think about it like this, the Ole Miss game was junior day, this will be the real thing.'"

Being recruited by the Tigers as an offensive lineman, Isom says that he had a chance to watch the game last Saturday as Auburn defeated Georgia 31-30. A rollercoaster ride from start to finish, Isom says the game really gave him a good feeling about the Tigers.

"I watched the game Saturday night," Isom says. "I really enjoyed it. It let me know a lot about their program, how they stay in it and fight hard. It was a great game and a great win for Auburn."

Isom says that he's down to just three schools with Auburn, South Carolina and Florida making the final cut. He says the Gamecocks want him to visit officially during their bowl preparations and he may take his official to Florida for the FSU game, but nothing has been set at this time.

Scheduled to visit this weekend along with teammate and current Auburn commitment Mario Fannin, Isom says that his friend has been pushing the Tigers and even did so last weekend after the Gamecocks' upset of the Gators.

"He really is (pushing Isom to Auburn)," Isom says. "Even when South Carolina beat Florida he was saying ‘you know it's a good win, but Auburn is about to beat Georgia.' He called me to make sure I had Auburn on my mind. He keeps it there."

A basketball player each of his first three seasons in high school, Isom says that he decided along with his mother to sit out his senior season and concentrate on academics and the recruiting game.


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