Prospect Says Visit Better Than Expected

This talented defender talks about his visit to Auburn over the weekend and his future plans.

Hattiesburg, Miss.--For linebacker Hendrick Leverette the decision was made many months ago. Despite a push from both Ole Miss and Southern Miss all throughout football season, Leverette says that he was Auburn all the way and this visit only solidified that.

"It was a ‘10'," the 6-0, 212 Leverette tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I think the thing that stood out the most to me about the visit was the people," Leverette says. "I got a chance to be around a lot of the players and people from around Auburn. They treated me like family, like I had been there the whole time."

Scheduled to visit Ole Miss next weekend to check things out, Leverette says that he's done with the process and looks forward to coming to Auburn in June to begin working with his new teammates.

"This visit did it for me," he adds. "It was even better than I expected. I'm completely solid."

Leverette is a physical linebacker that also played some tailback as a senior.

Hosted by redshirt freshman safety Steve Gandy from Wayne County High in Mississippi, Leverette says that he got the chance to bond with the team and also get a feel for the community. That was something he was looking for after not having much of a chance to see things on two trips to the Plains earlier this fall.

"My player host was Steve Gandy," Leverette says. "We got a long real well. I met him earlier because he used to play against my high school. He's from Mississippi too. I think we had a good bond on the visit.

"Steve took me around Auburn," he adds. "I didn't get a chance to see Auburn when I was here the other two times, but he took me to the other side of Auburn. It's pretty big. I didn't know it was that big."

Spending time with Gandy and future teammates Merrill Johnson and Zaccheus Etheridge, Leverette got a chance to see what the program was all about from a social standpoint. He says in the times he got to spend with position coach Joe Whitt he learned that he'll have a very good tutor once he arrives at Auburn.

"I think he's a good coach," Leverette says of Whitt. "He's been there for a long time, 25 years. I think he's going to be a good mentor because he's been through every possible situation that you can go through coaching in the SEC. I think it's going to be a big plus for me having a position coach like him."

A four-year starter at linebacker for Oak Grove, Leverette was one of the top players in Mississippi as a senior. He finished the year with 152 tackles as his team finished 12-1 and lost in the South Finals to Meridian. In his last two seasons Leverette totaled 355 tackles.

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