Aycock Enjoys AU Visit, Decision Down To Two

Tampa, Fla.—Running back prospect Dontae Aycock of Tampa-Chamberlain High School took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and is down to two schools for his signature.

"I liked it," Dontae Aycock says of his visit to Auburn. "It was a good official. I got a chance to meet all of the coaching staff.

"I got along well with the coaching staff and I got along well with the players. I got to hang out with a couple of the players and Auburn is a good school. I think that my decision is pretty much between Georgia Tech and Auburn."

Georgia Tech is recruiting Aycock as a quarterback and Auburn is recruiting him as a tailback. Aycock has already visited Tech, Illinois and Louisville, and with several other schools near the top of his list such as West Virginia, South Florida and South Carolina, Aycock had plenty of choices but decided on a visit to check out Auburn, which just recently offered.

"(Curtis Luper) told me they were going to offer me before I went on the trip," Aycock says. "I got my real, actual offer today (Sunday)–the actual papers.

"When the new coaching staff got in I was at Georgia Tech visiting," Aycock explains of his interest from the Auburn coaches. "They didn't really want to call me while I was on the visit. They heard that I really liked it and I was going to commit there so they backed off.

"I would say last that last week they started recruiting me hard. A lot of people would say that Georgia Tech has been there since day one and Auburn just came on so they kind of think of Auburn as a backup. But the new coaching staff just got on three weeks ago, and the head coach told me he knew about me when he was at the other school (Iowa State)."

Aycock's player host was Quindarius Carr. "I met Ben Tate, Mario Fannin, Derek Winter and a couple of others," he says. "We just hung out. We went out to eat.

"I think getting along with players and coaches is important, and just knowing that you have a safe environment around you," Aycock adds. "You don't want to have any problems. Those are some of the things I'm really looking for in a school.

"I think I fit in good with them," he continues. "We also got to go to the stadium. We went to the locker room and looked at the Heisman Trophies. It was good. It was a real good trip."

Aycock is a 5-10, 210 physical runner who has been a big part of the Chiefs' offense the last two seasons. Playing quarterback, he rushed for 1,406 yards and 28 touchdowns on just 169 carries. He also completed 77-152 passes for 1,491 yards and 17 touchdowns with six interceptions. He led Hillsborough County in both rushing and scoring.

He helped his team to an 11-2 record and along the way won the Guy Toph Trophy as the county's best player over other standout performers such as Mywan Jackson and Orson Charles.

Aycock plans to announce a decision on signing day at his high school.


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