Brewton, Ala.--A visitor to Auburn several times over the past year for games, W.S. Neal defensive tackle Jamar Travis has watched the Tigers in action time and time again. Wednesday was a day that one day he may look back on and realize it started his own trip to Auburn as the Tigers extended an offer to the big 6-1, 295-pounder.
"I got my first big offer and it was from Auburn today," Travis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That means a lot to me and especially my family. They want to see me go to a D1 college and especially Auburn because they are all big Auburn fans. This one was pretty special for me."
A one-man wrecking crew for W.S. Neal, Travis is a player similar to former Tiger standout Tommy Jackson in that he's built low to the ground, but has the strength and quickness to make plays all over the field. He says at the moment he's not even considering a commitment, but the Auburn offer is one he was definitely hoping for.
"The biggest thing I like is that it's close to home," Travis says. "It's a family atmosphere up there. I know every coach. I have teammates that play up there like Jared Cooper. He's up there. I know people there and it's close to home."
Scheduled to be in Auburn on Feb. 24 for the first of Auburn's Junior Days this spring, Travis says that he's looking forward to being a part of a select few to watch the Tigers receive the trophy for winning the Iron Bowl for a sixth consecutive season.
"It makes me feel good to get invited," Travis says. "A lot of high school kids would want that opportunity."
It will be the second junior day attended by Travis this spring after he tripped to Tuscaloosa two weekends ago to see a basketball game along with other top prospects. Travis says while the day went very good he didn't get to experience everything he wanted.
"It was a lot of fun," Travis says. "The bad side is that I didn't get to meet any coaches. It was still a lot of fun."
With no more plans to visit schools this spring after his trip to Auburn, Travis says he tentatively set up camp visits for several of his top schools this summer. He notes that while he still just has one big offer, many more schools are showing interest at the moment.
In January, Travis had the opportunity to test his skills against some of the top players in the country when he took part in the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Tex. One of the top defensive line performers there, Travis says he enjoyed the experience and feels like it will help him become a better player down the road.
"I had a real good combine there," Travis says. "It was a good experience. You never go to a camp in Alabama where you have the top players in the country. It was just a great experience for me because I had never been up against guys that were 6-7 and 300-plus pounds. It was a lot of fun."