Big Jared Morse from Oxford High says that his experience at Auburn was a very good one and gave him an even better feel for the Tigers.
"It was awesome," Morse tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The coaches were great. There was some good skill out there and good competition. It was a lot of fun doing the Iron Man competition with the tug of war and obstacle course.
"It was awesome," Morse says again. "They are really nice. I love Coach (Tracy) Rocker. He's a really intense defensive line coach. He's always been awesome. Coach (Tommy) Thigpen is just crazy. I love me some Coach Thigpen. Coach (Gene) Chizik is just an all-around great guy."
It wasn't Morse's first trip to Auburn this spring though as he came down for one of the junior days on the campus earlier this year. He says that trip was the one that really got him interested in what Auburn was doing under the new coaching staff.
"I came down for a recruiting thing that was really informal," Morse says. "Everybody was just talking regular, it was a lot of fun. Coach Chizik is always really in tune with all the players and the coaches. He makes it a lot of fun."
At 6-3, 260 with a 4.9 40-yard dash, Morse has the size and speed to get the job done up front. With his 315 pound bench press, 285 clean, and 475 squat, he's also got the strength to handle himself up front. It's no wonder that several schools have already shown interest with the Tigers possibly jumping into the mix as well.
"Vanderbilt has offered me so far along with Kentucky and Arkansas," Morse says. "I think Auburn has as well, but I haven't gotten it in the mail yet. I think Auburn is next. That's what they told me."
With the Tigers showing more and more interest after his weekend on the Plains, Morse says there's no question they jump immediately into the mix as far as he's concerned.
"Auburn is way up there by far," Morse says.
Playing one year at Oxford after transferring from Donoho following his sophomore season, Morse is becoming more comfortable every day with the change in football. After starting at noseguard for the Yellow Jackets in 2008, Morse says he'll move to a more traditional defensive tackle spot for his senior year. He says that move and the move of schools has been huge for him.
"It has been a great move for me going to Oxford," Morse says. "I would never have any of kind of attention if I had been at Donoho."
Heading into his senior season, Morse says Oxford should have a chance to make some noise in the state this season. While he can't wait to get it started, he says he's in no hurry to make a decision on his future and is instead concentrating on making the right decision and becoming a better football player.
"I'm going to have to take my time with it," Morse says. "It's a really tough decision. It's something that is going to shape the rest of my life. I have to figure out where I'm going to get a good education along with football. Football is number two, but it's a really close number two."