"It was great," Eguae says. "Alabama people are serious about their football. I love it because I'm serious about my football too. I loved everything about it. I loved the people. I wished it could have been a game day so I could see Tiger Walk, but seeing it on video when we went to the stadium was real humbling. Chilling."
Another humbling experience for Eguae was visiting with new Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. A former standout for the Tigers during his playing days and a winner of both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award as a senior, the 6-3, 244 Eguae says having a person of that magnitude as his position coach would be special.
"It was a great visit," Eguae says. "It was all I expected. I had my questions answered. My biggest thing was meeting with the defensive line coach. Sitting with coach (Tracy) Rocker the last two days was great.
"He's a humble guy," he adds. "He's done all that stuff (winning awards and playing in the NFL) but he said that doesn't matter. He said all of that is in the past and it's what he did. Now he wants me to succeed and try to live up to those expectations. He's a great coach and exactly what I'm looking for in a defensive line coach."
After taking his visit to Auburn, Eguae says that the Tigers are now squarely in the mix for his services. Having already visited and committed to the Buffaloes before backing off that decision, he says he's taking his time making a final decision and may still visit Nebraska and Texas Tech or could have a decision by the end of the week. One thing remains certain though and that is Auburn may now be the team to beat following his visit to the Plains.
"It doesn't get much better than that," Eguae says. "Being a Texas boy and being so Big 12 hyped up, I can't lie. The Big 12 doesn't compare to the type of stuff in the SEC. It's chilling.
"They are at the very top with the rest of them," he adds about Auburn. "I held back because I didn't really know anything about the program. It was all new to me. Now they've got to be up there with the likes of those other schools. I had those other visits set, but I'm going to sit down with my family and talk and talk with God and make sure the decision I make is the right decision for me."
Hosted on his official visit by Auburn defensive end Michael Goggans, Eguae says had the opportunity to spend time with several of the current Tigers and he liked the atmosphere they created on his visit. Being recruited as a strong side defensive end by the Tigers, he notes that getting to talk to players at his position was a big plus for his visit.
"I was with him and A.C. (Antonio Coleman)," he says. "Just being with those types of guys that has played in the trenches and played in the SEC and started in that conference, that actually had a chance to go to the league this year as a junior, to still be humble and to talk to them like regular people is special. They were great."