Lineman Looking Forward to Visiting Auburn

One of the more highly regarded offensive line prospects in the Southeast discusses his season and his interest in the Auburn Tigers.

Valdosta, Ga.--Fresh off a victory of historical proportions against cross-town rival Valdosta High, 2010 football prospect Ed Christian and his Lowndes High teammates have the week off and the offensive lineman plans to use his Friday off to check out one of the colleges he is seriously considering.

"We are open on Friday so I will be down in Auburn early on Friday for my official visit," Christian tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I talked to Coach Grimes and Coach Chizik the other day and I am looking forward to my visit."

Jeff Grimes is the first year offensive line coach for the Tigers and Gene Chizik is in his first season as head coach of the Tigers.

Formerly an FSU verbal commitment, Christian decided he wanted to consider other options. Christian says he is open and is seriously considering the Tigers after checking out the Ball State at Auburn game this year on an unofficial visit.

Commenting on what he is looking for in a college, the high school senior says, "I am looking for opportunity and playing time. The education part is very important to me. Also, I am looking for a place where I like the coaches and where I feel I am wanted."

Christian says he is interested in majoring in business management or criminal justice and notes that he has been on the Lowndes A-B" honor roll for the last three years.

Last week the Vikings bounced back from their first loss of the season in impressive fashion with a 57-15 victory over Valdosta. It was a sixth straight victory over their archival for the Vikings and by far the most lopsided win for Lowndes vs. Valdosta High, traditionally one of the top high school football programs in the country. Prior to Friday night's blowout, Lowndes had never scored more than 28 points vs. Valdosta.

"That was my favorite game," says Christian, who notes that he feels good about the way he played vs. Valdosta and in previous games this season. "The atmosphere was crazy--13,000 people were there. It was real intense. It was one of those games where everybody knows each other."

A week earlier another traditional Georgia prep power, Northside High of Warner Robins, upset the top-ranked Vikings 10-7 to hand Lowndes its first loss of the season.

After bouncing back strongly last week, Christian likes his team's chances of making a run at the Class AAAAA state title. "We can go all of the way," he says. "I already have one (state championship) ring and I want to get another one for my senior year."

The day before he takes his official visit to Auburn he is expecting a visit from the University of Tennessee head coach. The Vols are another team that has offered him a scholarship. "Lane Kiffin is supposed to stop by my school on Thursday," Christian says. "Tennessee offered me a scholarship back in February."

In addition to talking to Auburn's Grimes and Chizik, Christian says he is also hearing from Auburn assistants Curtis Luper and Tracy Rocker. He adds that the Auburn staff has made it clear to him that signing offensive linemen are a high priority for 2010 class.

Rated the No. 17 offensive guard in the country by, Christian plays offensive tackle and defensive tackle for Lowndes."Auburn is recruiting me to play either guard or tackle," he adds. "It really doesn't matter to me where I play."

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