D'Antoine Hood, a quick defensive back from Central High School, says his player host for the weekend, senior Zach Gilbert, was generous with his time and advice.
"He is a very good guy and a lot of fun to be around," Hood says of Gilbert. "He tells you about the ups and downs of college football and the big jump from high school to college and that is what I needed to hear.
"He said playing in the SEC the speed is totally different. We talked about wide receivers and why they do the things that they do. He was a big help and a good host so I thank him for that."
Hood made the short trip over from Phenix City on Friday. "After I got in I chilled in the hotel room for a little while and then Zach took me around the city and showed me the good restaurants and where to go and where not to go," he says. "On Saturday, he and Ben Tate took me around.
"My visit went real good," Hood says. "I enjoyed what they showed me academically and the athletic complex."
The players are getting a new locker room and training room at the football complex. That is currently under construction. "I think it is a good thing they are expanding it to make it more comfortable for the players," Hood says.
Hood is following in the footsteps of his cousin, Roderick Hood, who was a standout performer for the Tigers and now in the NFL playing for the Arizona Cardinals. The Central High senior notes that Hood was excited when he found out D'Antoine was going to play for the Tigers.
"He told me that I have got to protect his name," the cornerback says. "There is a rich tradition. I will try to keep the strong blood line going."
There was another Hood visiting Auburn over the weekend, wide receiver Destin Hood from St. Paul's in Mobile. "I tried to convince my cousin, Destin Hood, to come up here with me," the Auburn commitment says. "I think he has got like a feel for the school. I hope he has a change of heart come signing day. I was pushing hard."
Hood notes that it wasn't difficult for him to try to sell his cousin on the virtues of playing for Tommy Tuberville's Tigers. "I love Auburn and I am a die-hard Auburn fan," Hood says.