Tampa Lineman Looking Forward to AU Visit

A recruiting update features an offensive lineman who plans to check out Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Tampa, Fla.—Offensive line prospect Hunter Stout of Wharton High School in Tampa is taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

"Me and my dad are driving out Friday," Stout tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Mainly I just want to see how the coaching staff interacts. I want to see the facilities, of course, feel the atmosphere around the coaches, see if they're ready to win and what they're about."

Stout says the contact between he and Auburn has been going on for just two weeks and that he's heard from both offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

"It's funny actually," Stout explains. "The offensive line coach was recruiting me at Colorado and he just got hired at Auburn as the offensive line coach. I guess I've been recruited by him. Before that, my dad sent my tape to Coach Malzahn, and Coach Malzahn called my dad back and said, ‘We are interested.' It's kind of both of them now.

"I really like him from what I've seen," he adds of Grimes. "I've heard nothing but good about him. I really look forward to meeting him and getting to know him more as a person and as a coach more in depth."

At 6-4, 275-pounds, Stout played left tackle in high school, but says he's likely a college guard. He claims offers from Louisville, Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky, Elon, The Citadel and Charleston Southern.

Stout says he doesn't know much about Auburn other than its reputation.

"I just know tradition, tradition, tradition," he jokes.

Stout took an official visit to Western Kentucky in December. "It was good. They definitely have the facilities to be really successful. It's brand new up there and they put $50 million into their facility. I really like the O-line coach, Coach (Walter) Wells. He's a good guy."

The next official visit for Stout was to Florida Atlantic on Jan. 9. "That went good," he explains. "I definitely liked the area. Coach (Howard) Schnellenberger is a real good coach obviously. Wherever he goes he wins. Florida Atlantic, they win, too."

Last weekend Stout visited Louisville. "I like Coach (Brent) Myers and the facilities are tops in the country. I really got along with Coach Myers and I think he'll get me to where I need to be on the college level."

Click here for the visit list for the weekend of Jan. 23.


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