Hungry Lineman Talks About Visit to Auburn

Big Derrick Lykes talks about his official recruiting trip to Auburn.

Clanton, Ala.--Chilton County High School standout Derrick Lykes committed to Auburn just prior to taking his official visit over this weekend and came away from the trip to his future college home excited about what he saw.

The 6-4, 276-pound defensive lineman says he feels great about his decision to play football for the Auburn Tigers after spending a couple of days with his future teammates and coaches.

"Coach (Tommy) Tuberville said I had a chance to play next year as a true freshman," notes Lykes, who says he expects to be academically qualified to play for the Tigers in 2008. "I will probably play at defensive end."

Auburn defensive end Michael Goggans served as his player host and took him out for dinner on Friday night, introduced him to other players during the weekend and showed him around the Auburn area.

Lykes toured the facilities, met with academic advisers, ate Saturday night dinner at the recruiting lounge at Tiger Walk Plaza inside of Jordan-Hare Stadium and hung out with other prospects on campus for official visits. "It (the trip) was good," Lykes notes. "I wasn't expecting everything that I saw so it was a real good visit."

The big high school senior notes that Auburn left its mark on him, but he also got a chance to leave something behind. "I ate the 32 ounce steak at Sante Fe," Lykes says with obvious pride, talking about his Friday night restaurant trip. "I got my picture on the wall because not many people have eaten it."

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