Auburn In The Hunt For Jones After Visit

Defensive tackle prospect Byran Jones talks about his official visit to Auburn over the weekend and what school is up next.

Junction City, Ark.--There is no question that Auburn's main focus between now and signing day for the 2010 class is at the defensive tackle position. With very little depth for next season the need is a big one for coach Tracy Rocker, and one of the players being targeted at the position is big Byran Jones.

"It plays into my decision a good bit," Jones said following his visit to Auburn over the weekend. "I could come in and play if I work at it."

A 6-2, 310-pounder, Jones took an official visit to Auburn to check out coach Gene Chizik's program over the weekend. While he didn't pull the trigger and make a commitment, Jones said everything about the visit went well.

"The visit went well," Jones said. "It just feels like everybody is family there. It makes you feel good.

"I just hung out with a couple of the players," he added. "I just visited with the coaches and with the players about how the coaches are."

Hosted on his visit by Auburn sophomore linebacker Eltoro Freeman, Jones said the Alexander City native was a good guy and as fans have found out from his interviews this year number 21 is also very excited about being a Tiger.

"He's excitable," Jones said. "He's a pretty good guy."

In addition to Freeman, Jones said he spent a lot of time hanging out with some of the other guys visiting over the weekend. Among them were fellow defensive linemen Jeffrey Whitaker and Kenneth Carter as well as linebacker Jawara White.

"They were just like me," Jones said of the players. "He (Carter) was recruiting me hard and Rah Rah. I got it from all those guys."

Jones took a visit to Louisiana Tech last weekend and had narrowed his choices of visits down to home state Arkansas or Ole Miss for next week. Following his Auburn visit he said the Tigers are strongly in the running and now it appears the Razorbacks may be the biggest competition.

"The visit had a good impact on the way I feel about Auburn," Jones said. "I just can't say where I'm going right now because I have one more visit. After that visit I'll make my decision then. I just don't have any favorites right now. No one is leading."

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