4-Star LB Flying High After Auburn Visit

One of the country's top linebacker prospects talks about the Big Cat Weekend at Auburn and his impressions.

Stamford, Conn.--Things came full circle for talented linebacker Khairi Fortt this weekend as he took a visit to Auburn to check out Gene Chizik's program up close and personal as part of the "Big Cat Weekend" on the Plains. While there is no direct connection to the Tigers, Fortt says for him it was a trip a long time in the making.

"I have basically liked Auburn since the sixth grade," Fortt says. "I want to be a pilot, and our pilot when we were going to Florida told me that Auburn had one of the best aviation schools in the country. Ever since then I have liked Auburn."

Flying the Atlanta this weekend with his family before making the short drive to Auburn, Fortt says he had the chance to see the Auburn Aviation department and visit with some of the people in that area while he was in town.

The flight was a welcome change for Fortt as he made the 18-hour drive to Alabama last weekend to visit family. With relatives living in the Gardendale area of Birmingham, Fortt says that would be a comfort knowing he had family that close should he choose Auburn.

"The visit helped Auburn a lot," Fortt says of his trip. "They offered me kind of late and a lot of other schools had been in the game for a year and a half, but it really opened my eyes and put them more up my list. I definitely have to check it out. I've got family an hour away so it's looking good."

Making his first trip to Auburn, Fortt says one of the highlights for him was having the chance to spend time with the coaching staff and get to know them better.

"It was a wonderful visit," Fortt says. "It was something real new. I didn't expect it when I visited, but I thought it was a great visit. I learned a lot about the school. I met the coach, coach (Gene) Chizik is a nice guy and so are all the other coaches. It felt like a family. It seems like the team gets together a lot. I really liked the facilities."

Much like fellow top prospect Marcus Lattimore, Fortt has developed a relationship with Texas running back Lache Seastrunk over the last few months. He says getting the chance to hang out with him and the other top prospects for a while was something that was huge for him.

"That dude is funny," Fortt says of Seastrunk. "He's crazy. He just tells me how much he loves it and that I better come and stuff."

While in Auburn, Fortt says he had several people recognize him and welcome him to Auburn. He says that was a very neat experience and shows him all about the community and what it means to the program.

"It means it is a great community around there," Fortt says. "If people notice me and know me when I'm from 700 miles up North, it's great to know I would have people to support me and the team and the overall program."


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