Columbus, Ga.--For Auburn commitment Jarmon Fortson an official visit to check out the Tigers was just what he needed to make sure his pledge was what he wanted to do. After spending time with the coaching staff and listening to what Coach Tony Franklin's plans are on offense, Fortson says he's as solid as a rock.
"Pretty much it did," Fortson when asked if the visit sealed things for him. "I'm already committed though so pretty much when I committed it solidified it then.
"I had a good weekend talking to Coach Tub (Tommy Tuberville) all weekend," Fortson adds. "From talking with the offensive coaches they run the same system we run in high school. Really I'm already fitting in there, I just need to sign now."
While his commitment was solid in his mind, several schools such as Florida State and Alabama tried to get involved as his fantastic senior year unfolded. He says that while he still plans to visit FSU, the hiring of Franklin and his offense was the final straw for him.
"It's like icing on the cake," Fortson says. "When Coach Franklin came in and I saw the bowl game and all those passes I knew I could fit in the offense. It was great when Coach Franklin came in. That pretty much solidified it."
Jarmon Fortson is one of the most physical wide receivers in the country.
Hosted by teammate DeRon Furr and fellow Auburn quarterback Kodi Burns on his visit, Fortson says that he enjoyed getting to spend time with both of them. He admits that even though they're just a year apart, the chance to get to know Burns was one of the highlights of the weekend.
"DeRon came along," Fortson says. "He's my buddy. Kodi taught me a lot about the college. It was good hanging with Kodi because I saw him on TV the other day now I'm hanging with him riding in his car. It was fun. He taught me a lot of good things."
With Furr already enrolled at Auburn and able to go through spring practice, Auburn's chances of hanging onto Fortson improved immensely even before his visit this past weekend. He notes that having him around gives him a leg up on the competition for playing time next year in his mind.
"That's a good thing for him," Fortson says. "That's big. That's a good thing for me too. He can teach me a lot when I come down here. I told him to call me and let me know how things are going."
Committed to Auburn for several months before the coaching change and philosophy change on offense, Fortson says he was shocked by what he saw when he turned on the Chick-fil-A Bowl game featuring Auburn versus Clemson.
"Auburn was mostly running the ball," Fortson says. "They were known for running the ball and defense. Now Coach Franklin has changed it up. They pass to set up the run.
"I'm very excited about the new offense," he adds. "I love the new offense. I didn't expect 43 passes out of Auburn. Nobody expected that. It happened. It's a good offense."
Saying his visit couldn't have gone any better, Fortson adds that he's now looking forward to taking a visit to FSU to have fun before setting his sights on Auburn and getting ready for his freshman season. He adds that he can't wait to see what he can do in Franklin's offense in the coming years.
"They let me know how it was going to be," Fortson says of the coaches. "I know the offense so I'm going to have eight or 10 balls thrown to me. I'm just ready to come show the coaches what I've got."
As a senior Fortson helped Carver (Columbus, Ga.) to the state championship as he caught 55 passes for 991 yards and 13 touchdowns and was also a weapon running the football and on defense. Fortson is being recruited as a wide receiver by the Tigers.
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