Trip Changes Things Says Motta

Talented defender Zeke Motta talks about his official visit to Auburn.

Vero Beach, Fla.--Four-star safety Zeke Motta was on the Auburn campus this weekend for an official visit to see the Tigers take on the Tennessee Volunteers. Ranked as the number 19 safety in the country by, Motta has offers from schools all over the country but says right now the Tigers are squarely in the hunt.

"(Auburn) is number two on my list," Motta says. "Number one or number two. I don't think there is a difference between number one, two, or three. They are kind of all even. Notre Dame, Florida and Boston College are the ones I'm down to right now (in addition to Auburn)."

Throughout the recruiting process Auburn has been a school mentioned by Motta but probably not with the consistency of schools such as Florida, Florida State and Notre Dame. He says after the visit that he's got more interest in the Tigers after seeing things for a football weekend.

"It changed things a lot," Motta says. "That's what a visit should do. They've got great tradition. It was good being courted around like a king. I know once I get to where I'm going it's going to change. It was fun. It certainly did change things.

"It was great," Motta adds. "The trip was good. The flight was good. Everyone was real nice. The coaches were nice. It was real helpful being around the players. The game was good. It was close. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed being around the players. I got everything I needed. They gave me all the information I needed to know. I was glad my dad was there to help me with it. We'll think things over and go from there."

Hosted by Auburn freshman linebacker Spencer Pybus, Motta says he enjoyed the energy around the campus for the game and also the chance to get to talk many of the current players about playing football for the Tigers.

"It was cool talking to him about being a freshman and about making the adjustment from high school," Motta says. "I just talked to him about some of the coaches and how they do things there. I was just finding that kind of thing out."

Being recruited by the Tigers as a defensive player, Motta plays safety in high school but at 6-3, 215 he has the size to play either safety or linebacker on the next level. He says after talking with defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads that's something that remains to be seen if he chooses the Tigers.

"We sat down and kind of talked about where I would play," Motta says. "We went over some schemes. I got to know him a little better. They want me as a safety for now until I get bigger."

So far Vero Beach is undefeated on the season after shutting out Palm Beach Gardens on Friday night. For the season Motta has two blocked punts, one interception, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries from his safety position.

Motta is scheduled to take an official visit this coming weekend to Notre Dame to see the Fighting Irish take on Stanford.

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