South Florida Prospect to Check Out Tigers

This big defensive prospect talks about a recent visit from Auburn coaches and what he likes about the Tigers.

Deerfield Beach, Fla.--One of South Florida's top defensive line prospects is scheduled to visit Auburn on Jan. 13 for an official visit as part of a large group of players expected in that weekend to check out the Tigers.

Defensive tackle Mike Blanc (6-4, 270) from Deerfield Beach High was a dominant force for the Bucks all season long as they advanced all the way to the state title game before losing to Palm Beach Gardens.

Because of his solid play as a junior and an even better year as a senior he's had schools from coast to coast checking him out and he says that the Tigers are definitely one of the schools he's looking strongly at as a college destination.

"I set up my visit there (Auburn) for Jan. 13," Blanc tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The only visit I have taken so far is Rutgers University. I have a visit this weekend to Michigan State University. I've got Auburn on the 13th and me and Coach Eddie Gran just finalized all that.

"I also have Arizona State on Jan. 20 and I have one more," he adds. "That one more is for the University of Miami. I have offers from all those schools except Miami."

Making a visit to see Blanc and his family, Gran was in the household Wednesday night and from the way Blanc talks the running backs coach made a very favorable impression on behalf of the Auburn program.

"Man, the visit went great," Blanc says. "Coach Gran is a real great guy. I like him because he's straightforward. He doesn't hold anything back.

"Some schools, they just come down and tell you ‘you're going to have fun and there's going to be this and that.' He came down and let me know if I came to Auburn there was going to be hard work.

"He said, ‘You're going to have to work hard academically, on the field you're going to have to work hard.' He told me the speed of the game was different there. I like that he didn't come and tell me ‘this is what we do.' I already know all of the great things they have at Auburn because I've been there twice for summer camps. I really like that about him because I have had some head coaches from other schools in my house already and none of them have come at me saying it was going to be hard. They have just talked about the fun stuff."

As has become a tradition with Coach Tommy Tuberville since he's been at Auburn, the Tigers usually focus their recruiting on players that come through summer camps. That is no different this season with many of the current commitments players who camped with the Tigers. Blanc says that having the chance to visit for two camps gives him a good idea of what the city and campus is all about.

"First of all Auburn has a real big campus," he says. "It's really beautiful and the people are very friendly. Everybody is really friendly and they were especially that way when they found out I was from Florida. They were just so friendly. I like the atmosphere. I didn't get a chance to meet any players, but I met all the coaches. I saw the field. The stadium, that thing is huge."

Playing both ways as a senior at tackle, Blanc says he had a good year as his team made it all the way to the state championship game. "I think I had 10 or 12 sacks this season," he says. "This was a really good year for me, a breakout year. My junior year I played both ways and it was my first time to play both ways. I play almost every down, so when my senior year came around I already knew what to expect. I worked extra hard and it turned out great. I was in shape and I was ready for it."

Blanc also plays both basketball and track to stay in shape for football, but won't be doing that this season. Although he was the team captain for basketball as a junior, he says that recruiting would take up too much time as a senior so he's not playing. He will play in two All-Star games though as he'll take part in the Dade-Broward All-Star game and he's already played in the Florida North-South Game.

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