Spain Park quarterback Neil Caudle says that his visit was exactly what he hoped it would be coming into the weekend.
"It was great," Caudle tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I enjoyed visiting with all of the other guys. I enjoyed the whole trip and I think everybody else did, too. The best part was hanging out with them and getting to know them. The food wasn't bad either."
A player very familiar with the program after taking numerous visits to check out things beginning the spring of his junior season, Caudle already knew many of the players and the coaching staff before coming on the trip. One of those is center Joe Cope, who served as his player host. He says spending time with Cope and his friends was one of the best parts of the entire visit.
"I love hanging out with those guys," Caudle says. "They're real nice and good guys. Joe is roommates with Will Herring and Will had Aram Olson as his player. We all hung out and had a good time. (Aram) was a great guy."
Caudle is a physical player who can run and throw.
Like most official visits, this past weekend the players were kept very busy touring the campus and facilities while also taking plenty of time out to eat. Caudle says that most of the visit was centered around the meals, but a visit to the stadium was one of the things that stood out to him.
"The first night we went out to eat with our players and then went out with them," Caudle says. "The next morning we went to breakfast and then went through all of the academic stuff. Then we toured the campus and ate up in the Presidential Suite (Jordan-Hare Stadium). After that we chilled at the hotel for a little while and then went to eat at The Tigers Den. After that we went on the field, tried on jerseys and all that stuff. Then we hung out with the players after that."
Part of hanging out with the players is building a bond with current commitments as well as the prospects in for an official visit that are still contemplating a decision. Caudle says that he along with Bart Eddins, Steven Ensminger and others spent a majority of the time working on the uncommitted players to bring them to Auburn.
"Absolutely," Caudle says. "I think that's part of our job. We're already committed here and we have to have good players around us. I think everybody there was the best there is."
With his official visit out of the way and just signing day on Feb. 1 remaining before the recruiting process is completed, Caudle turns his attention to baseball this spring for the Jaguars. Despite having his second knee surgery in two seasons back in September, Caudle says that he plans to play baseball as soon as possible and then perhaps take part in the Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Classic in Mobile.
"I'm working out a lot and throwing a lot to get in shape for spring and the workouts in the summer," Caudle says. "I'm starting baseball stuff and I go on the 24th to talk with Dr. (Larry) Lemak about getting cleared.
"As of right now I'm still planning on playing," he adds on the football game. "I just kind of want to get a game under my belt before I get to Auburn. It would be nice to play with some good players and just to play because I haven't played in a while."