Seastrunk, Others Have Big Time at "Big Cat"

Five star running back Lache Seastrunk talks about his visit to Auburn for the "Big Cat Weekend."

Five star running back Lache Seastrunk made it clear Saturday night that his unofficial visit to Auburn for the "Big Cat Weekend" was a fun one for the Temple, Tex., High School standout.

"I have had a blast," Seastrunk tells Inside the Auburn Tigers after spending the morning and afternoon hanging out with other recruits and the Auburn coaches and then going to downtown Auburn on Saturday night to roll Toomer's Corner, a long-time AU tradition.

"It's all fun," Seastrunk says. "It is a blessing to be among people who really want me to be at Auburn who are really caring. I had a great time at the Big Cat Weekend. I met a lot of guys."

A group of those guys are highly-regarded football recruits who joined him at Toomer's Corner late Saturday night and drew cheers from several hundred Auburn fans who stopped by to see what was happening. Prospects at Toomer's Corner included Marcus Lattimore, LaDarius Owens, Jessel Curry, Eric Mack, Trovon Reed and Khari Fortt. All were obviously having a good time throwing toilet paper into the oak trees where Auburn celebrates a variety of things including football victories.

Joining the prospects, who will be seniors this fall, were current Auburn players such as All-SEC defensive end Antonio Coleman, Antoine Carter, Kodi Burns, Mike Slade, Quindarius Carr and Josh Bynes.

Khari Fortt checks out the action at Toomer's Corner.

Seastrunk and the other recruits shook hands, posed for photos and listened to the fans do football cheers.

"Every other school has something great to offer," Seastrunk says. "I am not narrowing it to anybody, but I love the environment in Auburn. I could see this place at home. It is a great feeling."

Lache Seastrunk has a big smile on Saturday night.

Seastrunk points out he enjoyed the attention from the fans. "It is kind of cool," he says. "People don't have to come up to you and shake your hand and give you a hug. It feels so good that they can come up to you and welcome you here like that. I want to thank everybody who was out there who came up to me and welcomed me. It is all good. They didn't have to. It is all blessing."

Khairi Fortt (front left), Trovon Reed (front center), Lache Seastruk (front right) and Marcus Lattimore (back right) pose for a photo on Saturday night at Toomer's Corner.

Seastrunk, who made his second trip to Auburn, came with his mother like he did the first time. He notes the first trip to Auburn was his favorite unofficial visit and trip two this weekend was even better. However, he isn't ready to make a college choice yet.

"This is the best ever (trip) because they just welcomed us here," he says. "I felt the warmth of everybody. It is going to be a really hard decision. I am not going to commit in a hurry. I don't want to because I have to evaluate each and every school."

The photo shows the crowd at Toomer's Corner on Saturday night.

Talking about Auburn, he says, "I love the coaches, I love the people. I just love the environment period. It reminds me so much of home. Mr. Chizik (Auburn head coach Gene Chizik) knows my coach well--really, really well and that is a plus, too."

Seastrunk says he plans to return to Auburn this summer to participate in a camp and he will announce his decision on his college choice in January at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. "Y'all are going be very, very surprised what I do at the Army game," he says. "Everybody is going to be surprised. I can't release the information of what I am going to do, but you all are really going to enjoy where I go to."

Marcus Lattimore is the No. 1 ranked running back in the nation, according to

Seastrunk wasn't alone in his enthusiasm for the weekend. Highly-regarded offensive line recruit Eric Mack couldn't get to campus in time for the morning and afternoon sessions of the "Big Cat Weekend", but was downtown on Saturday night at Toomer's Corner. "It was crazy," Mack says. "I really enjoyed myself. I have never experienced anything like that out of all of my recruiting. I like it."

In-state standout LaDarius Owens says the whole experience was fun. "I liked the time we got to spend with the coaches getting to know them better. I liked going down to Toomer's Corner, too. It was really exciting. I have never seen anything like it. Fans coming out at the last minute to do something for us shows how special Auburn is."

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