Speedy linebacker Tyrone Cornileus from Stephenson High has 10 offers to this point with one of them being Auburn, a school he says moved up his list following his trip.
"The day in Auburn went very well," Cornileus says. "I got a chance to meet with some of the coaches again and meet Coach (Gene) Chizik. I got to basically see how they practice and how things go in Auburn. I was very impressed with it. It was real nice. I love how they play and how they practice. There is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. The speed was real nice to me."
One of the biggest reasons for his visit to Auburn on Thursday was to get a chance to sit down and talk with Chizik. Following that he says he really enjoyed what the new Tiger boss had to say.
"It was real nice," he say. "He's a real cool guy, a cool coach. Basically he just talked to me about the school and said I was a real talented young man. He just talked to me and is trying to get me there. I really like him."
With offers from Miami, Georgia Tech, Auburn, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Boston College, Louisville, Ole Miss and a few others, Cornileus says right now one school is at the top, but Auburn is closing in.
"I would say the one that is closest to the top is probably Miami," Cornileus says. "I'm open to every other school also. I'm not stuck on any certain school. I'm trying to see how every school is.
"Auburn is real good," he adds. "They are also at the top with Miami. I really like how they are playing. I got a chance to see them practice. That let me know how they play."
Being recruited as an outside linebacker by the Tigers, Cornileus says he's not certain If he'll get a shot at safety if he should choose Auburn, but it's something he would consider. With 4.41 speed in the 40-yard dash on his 6-2, 200 frame, he is a player that has a chance to do either on the next level.
With Auburn's lack of depth at linebacker it would seem the Tigers would be a perfect fit for a linebacker looking for early playing time, but Cornileus says he's prepared to take on the best no matter what school he chooses.
"When I look at a certain school I don't look at the depth," Cornileus says. "Competition isn't anything to me. It doesn't depend on the depth at the school. I like to compete."
A solid student with a 20 on his ACT and a GPA of 2.9, Cornileus says that he hopes to graduate early next December and enroll in school early. He says he plans to major in either mechanical engineering or forensics in college.
This spring Cornileus is running track for Stephenson in the 4x100 meter relay, the 300 hurdles and the 4x400 relay with his fastest hurdles time 40.9 seconds.