Physical Lineman Sets Official Visit to AU

This offensive line prospect discusses his upcoming official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Hollywood, Fla.--Steve Jacques has watched Auburn football on TV over the years, but has never seen the Tigers play in person. That will change this weekend as the South Broward High School standout takes an official visit to check out Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers as they take on LSU in a battle of Top 10 teams.

The six-foot-four, 280-pound offensive lineman is a three-year starter and notes he has 10 scholarship offers. He says Auburn, West Virginia and South Florida are his leaders. "I can't really say that I have a favorite, but Auburn is really high on my list."

Jacques notes that he likes the physical style of play he has seen from Tuberville's teams over the years and points out that he likes to play the same way. Asked to describe his style on the football field, he says, "It is hit them in the mouth football."

Commenting on Auburn, the lineman says, "They have had great success with their program and have had a lot of great players. Coach Tuberville has done a really good job. They always have winning seasons and go to bowl games. There is just something about Auburn that I really like."

He notes that he also likes the spread offense Auburn is running for the first time this season. "We run the spread offense and it is exciting to play in," Jacques says. "It is a quick scoring offense."

On his visit to the Auburn campus this weekend, he will get to watch Tuberville's 3-0 team take on 2-0 LSU. Auburn was voted the preseason favorite to win the SEC West while LSU is the defending SEC and BCS champion.

"The visit to Auburn this weekend will be my first trip there and I am really excited about it," says Jacques, who notes that he is being recruited by Auburn assistant coaches Eddie Gran, who checks out prospects in south Florida, and offensive line coach Hugh Nall.

"I play offensive tackle, but sometimes when they really need me to do it I play defensive tackle," he says. "Auburn is recruiting me to be an offensive guard. That is fine with me. I just want to get on the field and play."

In addition to having success on the football field, Jacques is taking care of business in the classroom with a 3.7 grade point average. "I am interested in majoring in education in college," he says, noting that he hopes to be a teacher after he earns his degree.

Jacques also wrestles. He qualified for the state tournament in the heavyweight division and finished his junior season with a 36-6 record.


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