Prospect Checks Out Auburn Practice

Football prospect Byron Isom talks about his visit to one of Auburn's bowl practices.

Lovejoy, Ga.--One of Auburn's top recruiting targets on the line took an unofficial visit to the Plains to check out the Tigers on the practice field and says he enjoyed the chance to see them in bowl preparations.

"The practice was a very fun practice," 6-3, 260 Byron Isom tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I talked with Coach (Hugh) Nall afterwards and I was like ‘that practice looked real fun.' They were getting after it, don't get me wrong, but it was a downplayed practice. Everybody was comfortable.

"The linemen were going hard," he adds. "They had one-on-one drills the majority of the time. That was fun to watch. They were pretty much out there to get the blood flowing. They practiced hard, but it wasn't as intense as it usually would be."

Isom was a standout on both sides of the ball for Lovejoy High in 2005.

Having already taken an official visit to Auburn last month for Auburn's victory over Alabama, Isom got his second in-depth look at the program with his trip to practice on Saturday. Isom notes that he wanted to make sure both of his parents got a look at Auburn before he made his decision.

"The reason (I came over) is because when I went on my official visit only me and my mother went," Isom says. "We went to the practice Saturday so my father could get a view of the whole place and see what everybody was talking about. That was the whole point of going over.

"It went great," he adds. "He talked with the academic advisor for a while and had a good conversation. We got a tour of the weight room. I had already been through that, of course. They just showed him everything and he came out with a positive outlook."

Being recruited for the Tigers by offensive line coach Nall, Isom is a player who could play on either side of the ball in college. Wanted by most as a defensive lineman first, Isom has been talked to by the Tigers about his potential on the offensive line and he says Nall would be the one to play for if that happens.

"He's a great coach," Isom says. "I can see why he's sent a lot of offensive linemen into the NFL. He works on footwork and technique a lot. He focuses on that and that's good."

A teammate of current Auburn commitment Mario Fannin, Isom has heard about the Tigers since the day Fannin made his college decision back during the summer. Since that time Fannin has become a major recruiter for the Tigers and Isom says it's not getting any better for him.

"He's still pushing me," Isom says. "It's heavy and getting heavier and heavier. He's like a recruiter, another Auburn recruiter. That's cool though."

With Auburn and South Carolina at the top of his list, Isom says that he plans to take a visit to see the Gamecock program on Jan. 13. Following that he adds he may take another visit, but it will be after he makes his decision on Jan. 16 at Lovejoy High.

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