The 6-0, 295-pound noseguard for W.S. Neal High School got an in-home visit for two hours on Tuesday night from former Auburn assistant coach James Willis, who on Wednesday evening joined Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.
W.S. Neal High defensive coordinator Kevin Jordan said he and Travis were both really surprised when they heard the news that Willis had left Auburn after he had been talking about the virtues of playing for the Tigers at the in-home visit.
Jordan said he has since talked to Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and was told that the Tigers are very interested in Travis and are looking forward to talking to him this weekend.
"I plan to drive Jamar up to Auburn and we will get in around 5 p.m. on Friday," says the coach, who notes that Travis, who had previously committed to Southern Miss, is hoping to get a scholarship offer from the Tigers this weekend.
"Coach Chizik said he really liked Jamar's film and said Jamar reminded him of Tommy Jackson (former Auburn defensive lineman T.J. Jackson)," Jordan notes.
Jamar Travis is shown at a football camp.
A player who was heavily recruited by the former Auburn coaching staff, the Tigers were waiting on updated information on the lineman's academic situation before offering a scholarship. Jordan says that Travis has improved his ACT score and is on track to qualify as long as he takes care of business with his grade point average the rest of school year.
Jordan notes that Travis was injured during the season by a chop block, but the problem turned out to not be a long-term one. "He is fine now, but he missed one game recovering from it and it took him several more games to get back to full speed. Opponents double-teamed and triple-teamed him all season."