"This is the first time I have seen the campus," Dareus tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I came down when they played Alabama for the Iron Bowl and I got a real bad stomach virus and sore throat. I really didn't see the game at all. I couldn't really see the campus, but what I did I saw small and then the stadium. It looked okay. Now coming in and getting to see the campus it was real nice. It really blew me away. I was like ‘wow'.
Having already visited Alabama and North Carolina with trips to Arkansas and Marshall a possibility to finish things up, Dareus says at the moment he's still undecided on a leader, but Auburn helped itself tremdously over the weekend.
"Auburn stacks up pretty high," Dareus says. "Higher than I thought they would. It was real nice."
Visiting with his brother Demerius Darius, they were hosted by Auburn standout defenders Antonio Coleman and Sen'Derrick Marks. Darius says the visit and everything associated with hit went great.
"I would give them a ‘10'," Dareus says of his Auburn visit. "We loved the visit. It was a real nice campus. It was nice interacting with the players and hanging out. It was real nice.
"We had A.C. and Sen'Derrick. A.C. is number 52 and Sen'Derrick is 94. They were real nice hosts for us. The thing that stood out the most for me is how the players bonded together as a family. They all went out together as a family and had fun. They all came back at the same time. It was real nice. I liked that a lot."
One of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country this season, the 6-4, 275 Dareus is a physical wonder on the football field. Using his 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash this season, Dareus finished with 130 tackles, 20 sacks, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Now all that is left is a decision for the still 17-year old Marcel, two years younger than brother Demerius who is also a senior. While it's not a guarantee they will play together on the next level, Dareus says they'll discuss the schools together and if they choose the same school it would be the perfect ending as far as he's concerned.
"We're going to get home and evaluate the schools," Dareus says. "We'll talk about the pluses and minuses. We'll go on the best decision and if we come to a conclusion together we're going to decide like that.
"I would like to play with my brother," he adds. "I would like to have him on the same team. He just gives me a sense of confidence knowing that I can do whatever when my brother is out there with me."