Big Lineman Checks Out Tigers

This massive offensive lineman talks about his visit to Auburn and recruiting.

Edina, Minn.--Auburn is looking for help at offensive tackle in the 2010 recruiting class and a player who is showing interest in the Tigers took an unofficial visit to the Plains this week to check out the university.

That's where this story gets a little different though as big 6-8, 345 Chase Nelson is just coming on the radar of Auburn because of a connection to the school formed by his older brother.

Cole Nelson is a 6-7 left-handed relief pitcher who signed to play baseball for the Auburn Tigers out of Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa. Moving in this week, his family came along to help out and that meant younger brother came along as well. Nelson says he got a chance to check out the university and he likes everything he's seen about Auburn.

"It's going great," Nelson says. "I love everything I've seen so far here. I was with my brother the first day just walking around the campus. It was a lot of fun. It's a really nice campus and you can get around easily. Then going to the football complex just blows you away with how nice it is. It's top-notch. You can tell it's a really good program."

Hearing from Minnesota (camp) , Wisconsin (camp), Iowa and several smaller schools, Nelson says his interest in Auburn comes because of his brother and some work put in by the Auburn baseball coaches.

"It was through my brother and his connection to Auburn and the baseball coach," Nelson says. "Coach (John) Pawlowski knew I was big and he wanted the coaches to take a look at me. That's how it got started."

Arriving on Monday, Nelson says he got a chance to tour the facilities as well as meet with his position coach on the Auburn staff. He also watched some of the first preseason scrimmage on Tuesday and he liked what he saw.

"I got to talk with Coach (Jeff) Grimes," Nelson says. "That was pretty much the main coach I talked to. He seems like a really good coach that knows what he's doing. He's helping his offensive line and really wants to make Auburn better. He's really good.

"He just told me to send him some senior year game film," he adds. "He said not to worry about preseason offers. He said it I'm good enough the offers will come. I'm just going to focus on my senior year and see what happens. It's definitely some motivation for this season. To know it's still an option is nice."

On the varsity since his sophomore season, Nelson started as a junior for Edina High in 2008. He said he had a solid season, but he's hoping to become even better after a summer of working out and getting stronger. Nelson noted he's hoping to play at around 330 this season to become more mobile and athletic. He bench presses just over 300 with a squat of 480 pounds.

Taking a visit to Auburn after checking out both Minnesota and Iowa has given Nelson the chance to see where he hopes to en up down the road. He says for him it is his goal to play big-time football and he's hoping to show enough this fall to get that chance.

"It's big for me to be able to see some of the places I've seen," Nelson says. "I just really want to play football in college and I want to find the best fit. I'm just looking around at different opportunities like an Auburn. Seeing SEC football is a good experience and good for choosing a school and knowing what is out there."

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