Region Spends the Day Visiting Auburn

Spencer Region discusses his unofficial visit to Auburn with his friend and fellow recruit Reese Dismukes.

Cullman, Ala.--Verbal commitment Spencer Region visited Auburn on Saturday and brought along friend and fellow offensive line recruit Reese Dismukes with him.

Region, who is expected to be an offensive guard in college, says he would like to play next to Dismukes at Auburn and notes that he is lobbying his friend to make that happen.

Dismukes is planning to graduate in December and enroll in a yet to be determined college in January. Region says after talking with Auburn's coaches on Saturday he is planning to try to do the same thing by taking summer classes and night classes to make early graduation happen.

"It would be great if we could play side by side in college at Auburn," he says. "I talked to him about doing that so I hope it happens."

Region says he had a "real good trip to Auburn" and got to spend time getting to know the coaches better. He says that he hung out with offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and head coach Gene Chizik and talked to receivers coach Trooper Taylor, who gave the prospect a chest bump and told Region he is celebrating his 40th birthday.

Region got a chance to work with Grimes last summer at an Auburn football camp and says he is excited about having the opportunity to play for him at Auburn.

"Coach Grimes is just a down-home, country guy," the lineman says. "He is a real well-spoken guy. He is not one of those guys who is going to be in your grill and be yelling at you the whole practice. Of course, he knows when to jerk a knot into you, but he has that attitude that he is going to explain and teach you. I really like that.

"Coach Grimes wants me at right guard," Region notes." I feel good there and I am ready to go. I played at guard my freshman and my junior year and my sophomore year I?played tackle. I like guard better."

Region is shown at a summer football camp prior to his junior season.

Region transferred from A.P. Brewer High to Cullman High for his junior season and notes the move has been good for him in football because the competition is stronger at the larger school.

"We are a 5A school and we play against good competition," he says. "We played against a 6A school, Mountain Brook, and I feel I did well against Wilson Love, who is a great guy and a heck of an athlete, and I held my own against him. I think that opened the door to recruiting for me."

Region surprised folks in Cullman earlier this month when he called a press conference to announce he was going to commit to Alabama, but had a last-minute change of heart and decided Auburn is where he really wants to go. Everybody at his announcement was expecting to hear him say "Alabama," but he surprised the gathering.

"It has been crazy," he says of the reaction. "Of course, people have their opinions like everybody does. Coming down (to Auburn) today just makes me realize exactly what I?did. I made the best decision for my family and myself so I am really not worried about it. I feel great about my decision."

Region points out that he has had no regrets about his college choice even though he grew up an Alabama fan. "That night when I made my decision I celebrated with my family. We went out to dinner and when I got home and was laying in my bed I felt at peace and that is the biggest thing.?I knew my family could lay down and do the same thing.

"Visiting Auburn and spending time with the coaches makes me realize I?made the best decision,"?he adds.

Region, who continues to pick up scholarship offers, recently received one from Tennessee. He plans to visit there next weekend, but says that he is firmly committed to Auburn.

The lineman says after talking with Auburn's coaches, he feels good about his decision to try to graduate early. "I feel like it is going to help me in the long run," he says. "I feel like coming in and getting in Coach Yox's (Kevin Yoxall, strength and conditioning coach) program is really going to help me."

Auburn is expected to start a pair of senior guards this fall so there should be a vacancy in the starting lineup at that spot in the 2011 offense. He says he is aware of that, but notes he picked Auburn because he likes the coaches and the college. However, he plans to arrive with the attitude he can get on the field early. "I am going to come in and work hard and put myself in the best position to get early playing time," Region says.

In the more immediate future is his senior season at Cullman High School. "I think we will have a good team," Region says. "Of course, that depends on how hard we work. At Cullman we pride ourselves on how hard we work so I believe we will be back and make a playoff run. I am proud to be a Bearcat."

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