Tallahassee, Fla.--When players take an official visit to a school sometimes the toughest thing about going is worrying about being stuck with an unfamiliar face on the trip. That wasn't a problem for Auburn commitment Tim Lamb as a former high school teammate made his visit to Auburn over the weekend "perfect".
"It was good," Lamb tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was awesome. We had fun hanging out with the guys. I was with Craig (Craig Stevens) my former Lincoln teammate. We really had a lot of fun.
"Hanging out with him kind of made me feel like I was already at home," he adds. "Auburn is a small town but it kind of feels the same way Tallahassee does to me. We had a good time and chilled together. We talked about a lot of stuff. He let me know how it is and how practices are going to be."
A redshirt freshman linebacker, Stevens is the first player at Auburn from Lincoln High in Tallahassee but he has started a run that the Tigers hope continues for years to come. First defensive back Michael Slade committed to Auburn with Lamb making it the second this year in September. Lamb says that Stevens' presence at Auburn makes the Tigers the right choice for him.
"It was real big because we started talking about it even last year during my junior year," Lamb says. "He told me he was going to end up going to Auburn and I told him that I think that's where I want to go too. It's a good fit for me."
With Stevens acting as his host Lamb had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with some of Auburn's freshman class from this season. Meeting several of his future defensive teammates as well as an up and coming senior Lamb says the visit was more than he thought it was going to be when he left home.
"I have to say the thing that stood out to me the most was just how much fun it was," Lamb says. "I didn't know it was that fun in Auburn. Everybody thought it was going to be boring but I had more fun at Auburn than I do at home.
"I hung out with Zach Etheridge and Ben Tate and Aairon Savage and Eric Brock," Lamb says. "They are all real cool guys. They told me what to expect in the weight room as far as doing light reps instead of a heavy workout. They also said you stay in shape because you do a lot of running. I'm looking forward to that since I got hurt. I'm ready to get back in shape."
One of Florida's top defensive tackle prospects, the 6-0, 305 Lamb was looking for yet another dominating season for the Trojans after a junior year that saw him break Kevin Carter's single season record for tackles for a loss with 31. Through three games Lamb was looking on track but a broken bone in his leg forced him to cut his season short. Now he says he's ready to get back to work and his Auburn career started.
"Everything is going with the injury," Lamb says. "I got hurt in the fourth game. It was the first play of the fourth game. Through three games I had 25 tackles, five tackles for a loss and two sacks."
Without Lamb in the lineup Lincoln battled all the way into the state semi-finals before losing to Nease. Lamb says that he thinks all the time about what could have been if he had been healthy this season.
"It was real frustrating being that we lost to Nease," Lamb says. "They had one of the top offensive linemen in the country by the name of James Wilson. He's going to USC. I was really looking forward to going against him. I figure if I would have been out there we would have had a chance to win the game."
Lamb won't be too far away from family when he arrives in Auburn next season. That's because his brother Xavier Lamb has committed to Troy and will be just down the road. Lamb says that makes his family happy knowing they'll be close in the years to come.