Official Visit "Electrifying," Recruit Says

One of Auburn's official visitors on a recruiting trip gives the details on his weekend on the Plains.

Lovejoy, Ga.--Mario Fannin gave a big thumbs up to his weekend in Auburn on his official visit to check out the Tigers.

Fannin, a verbal commitment to Auburn University, played quarterback his senior year for Lovejoy High, but he says that he expects he will be a running back for the Tigers.

Fannin says he was truly impressed by Auburn's physical whipping of an Alabama team that had lost just once prior to Saturday.

"The game was crazy," Fannin says. "The first six minutes I was looking at Isom (offensive line recruit Bryon Isom) like, ‘Is this serious? I was expecting it to be a fight, but Auburn went out there and they were pumped. They got out there early and showed them what Auburn football is all about.

"The players played supernatural," Fannin adds. "I mean, 11 sacks, that is crazy. The defense really stood up during the game and the offense really had a good game. Kenny Irons had a great game, Brandon Cox had a great game, Ben Obomanu had a great game, the whole offensive line had a great game. It was Auburn football at its best."

Commenting on how the whole weekend went for him, Fannin says, "It was great. I went to meet my educational advisers on Saturday morning. Saturday night I went out with Brad Lester. He showed me the ropes. He told me what it takes to be an Auburn running back and I am very excited about that. The visit was great."

"Me and Brad kicked it off pretty good," he notes. "Brad is a nice guy. He is basically taking the role of the senior, but he is a redshirt freshman. He showed me the ropes. He is a cool guy to get along with. He is humble. He is kind of like me. He is laid back, but he will make you laugh some times. He is a nice person."

Auburn improved its record to 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the SEC with the victory over Alabama. That clinched at least a share of the SEC West title.

"My overall favorite thing was being at the stadium and seeing all of the orange and screaming fans because I am a fans person," Fannin notes. "Some of the fans asked for my autograph and that kind of made me feel kind of good, too. I would have to say being at the stadium with the fans was my favorite thing.

"When I was at school all everybody was asking me, ‘Are you going to the Auburn-Alabama game?' Even my teachers were asking me so the anticipation was really high."

"Then I saw the RVs on Friday night when I got there. It was crazy. The fans at the Tiger Walk--crazy. When I hit the stadium it was just electrifying. The stadium was loud and it was crazy there. It was everything that I expected."

Fannin says he enjoyed getting to talk to running backs coach Eddie Gran on his visit. "I asked a lot of questions about the depth chart. As far as playing, he told me just ‘to get here.' I am coming in at 210. He wants me to get to 215 during the summer program and keep my speed, get out there and work hard and bust it on the field and he is going to give me the opportunity.

"I am happy about that. He told me he would give me the opportunity and that is the only I really want, the opportunity to play.

"I am trying trying to come up there and not be cocky or anything like that because that is a bad attitude to have," Fannin adds. "I am a humble kid. I just like to come out there and give it my all. If I don't play, I still am rooting for my team. I am an Auburn Tiger to the end. My commitment is really strong right now. Yeah, I am taking a visit to Florida, but my mind is on Auburn football now."

Fannin says he is working on recruiting Isom, his friend and teammate, who was also in Auburn for an official visit. "I am leaning on him," Fannin says. "Right now, he is undecided. He wants to take his visit to South Carolina and I respect that. You can't' really force somebody to commit. Me and Ben (AU commitment Benjamin Tate) were working on him a little bit at the game. We had him smiling.

"Overall, after the South Carolina visit he will come up with a decision that will benefit him. I mean, he is my teammate and I am going to love him no matter whether he wants to be a Gamecock or an Auburn Tiger."

"We have talked about playing on the same team a long time now," says Fannin, who notes that he will be very happy if that happens. He says having a friend with him would make the transition to college life easier. "If he comes to Auburn, I am going to be excited to be at the same school as my homeboy."

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