Where Do the Tigers Stand With Steve Jacques?

Six-foot-four, 285-pound Steve Jacques updates his recruiting status.

Hollywood, Fla.—Just as fast as Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has been hiring assistants the last few days, the new coaches are hitting the road recruiting.

Offensive line commitment Steve Jacques of South Broward High School got a call on Tuesday from tight ends and special teams coach Jay Boulware.

"I talked to the tight ends coach," Jacques says of Boulware. "He said that he was coming to see me on Wednesday. He's coming by the school and my house."

During the coaching change at Auburn, the South Broward High School prospect says that he started hearing from several other college coaches.

South Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia have all offered and have been pursuing Jacques in recent weeks. He adds that Tennessee and Ole Miss have also offered.

Jacques committed to Auburn on his official visit the weekend the Tigers played LSU at home in late September. This coming up weekend he will be taking an official visit to South Florida.

"(I'm looking for) the same thing I was looking for on the Auburn trip," Jacques says. "I just want to see how the people are, tour the facilities, see what they have. I needed to take another visit. I've only taken one visit and that was to Auburn. I just want to see another campus to know that Auburn is better. I'm just checking to see what's going on."

Jacques says he's committed to Auburn and hasn't set up any other visits. He adds that several things jumped out at him on his official to Auburn. "The people and they had a great coaching staff, facilities, and the Tiger Walk," he notes.

Chizik has stayed in touch with Jacques before Boulware was hired over the weekend.

Of Chizik, Jacques says, "I think it's the right hire for Auburn because he already knows what the system is and he already knows what Auburn expects."

He says he also feels good about the hiring of Gus Malzahn as offensive coordinator. "I know that he has one of the top-rated offenses in D-I football right now."

Jacques, who is wrestling in the heavyweight division, checks in at 6-4, 285 and took away some positives from his senior football season despite the team having a losing record.

"It went good," he explains. "It's not the season that I would have thought of or pictured. Our team record was 4-7, but this was my best year. I was better with my technique playing right guard and left tackle. They project me to play guard at the next level."

Jacques adds that he is taking care of his work in the classroom and that he should be an academic qualifier.


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