Athletic Andre Fluellen says that he's been interested in the Tigers for quite some time and is anxious to take his visit this weekend to see how the Auburn program catches his eye.
"I like the way they play their defense," Fluellen tells Inside The Auburn Tigers, noting one of the reasons Auburn is in the running for his signature Feb. 5. "They play a four-man front and that's all I really want to play. They are looking at me as either a defensive tackle or defensive end. I like Auburn. Ronnie Brown played on my team my freshman year so I kind of have a connection there. Auburn was also the second school to offer me so I have a good relationship with the coaches."
The 6-3, 275-pound Fluellen visited Florida last and came away impressed by what he saw out of Coach Ron Zook and his program. One of the early leaders for Fluellen, the Gators didn't do anything to hurt their standing on his visit to Gainesville.
"I took my Florida visit last week," Fluellen says. "It went good. The big thing about the visit is that they really make the players feel special. They went all out on the visit to make us go there. They had our jerseys with our numbers on them and they took us in the stadium and had our highlights up on the screen. They really did a good job."
Looking at Vanderbilt and Maryland in addition to Auburn, Florida and Florida State, Fluellen says he doesn't have a favorite at the moment. While many prospects will wait until signing day to announce, Fluellen says that's not necessarily the case with him.
"If I figure it out before then I'll probably go ahead and announce it," he says.
Fluellen is a rare player that could play either defensive line position. With 4.9 speed in the forty-yard dash and the strength to handle double teams, he is the prototype defender for today's game.