Defensive Tackle Discusses Weekend In Auburn

One of the more heavily recruited prospects in the Southeast visited Auburn this weekend.

Cartersville, Ga.--Defensive tackles with strong academic backgrounds who coaches think can play at the SEC level are among the most popular people in the Southeast during football recruiting season.

Andre Fluellen, a senior at Cartersville, Ga., High, is definitely one of those guys.

Fluellen took the fourth of his five official recruiting trips to Auburn over the weekend. "I had a good visit and I got to meet a lot of the players and get to know them," says Fluellen, who also notes that he enjoyed meeting the coaching staff. Wayne Dickens, who was a very heavily recruited high school defensive tackle himself before choosing the Tigers, was Fluellen's player host.

A familiar face on the visit was former Cartersville High star Ronnie Brown, a tailback for the Tigers who was named Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day when Auburn defeated Penn State 13-9. "We played together on the same team at Cartersville so I know Ronnie pretty well," Fluellen says. Brown was a redshirt sophomore this past season.

Andre Fluellen

Fluellen, a 6-3, 275 pounder, says that the academic part of the college equation will have a major bearing on his choice. "The biggest thing is the quality of my degree with the academics, then the feel of the campus and whether or I not I will like who I am playing for and playing with. I will probably major in pre-med."

The defensive tackle's previous visits were to Maryland, Vanderbilt and Florida. Next weekend, the last for official visits prior to the Feb. 5th national signing day, he plays to travel south to Tallahassee to check out the Florida State Seminoles.

"I plan to make my decision sometime next week after I visit Florida State, but before signing day," Fluellen says.

With five colleges still in the hunt, plus others still trying to get in the hunt, recruiting can get hectic, especially for a high-profile prospect like Fluellen. However, the Cartersville High senior seems to be handling it well. "It really does get crazy, but I love it," he says. "I am having a good time with it. It is still wide open for me on where I am going. After my next visit, I will have to sit down and think about it."

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