Top DL Prospect Visits AU, Talks Favorites

Defensive line prospect LaMichael Fanning talks about taking an unofficial visit to Auburn and names his favorites.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the South's top defensive line prospects for the 2011 class, Auburn High's LaMichael Fanning along with teammate Jamichael Payne made a visit to check out coach Gene Chizik's program on Wednesday. Coming from just down the road, Fanning said he enjoyed the chance to see the campus and everything associated with the football program.

"The visit went good," the 6-8, 275 Fanning said. "I got a chance to talk to the coaches. They get to learn more about you and you get to learn more about them. That way you'll know them if you go to their college. It would help me out with my decision. That's a good thing."

Being recruited to Auburn by defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, Fanning said that the opportunity to play for a coach and former standout player would be a big drawing card for the Tigers. More than that though, he said in Rocker he feels like it's family.

"He's like someone I've been raised around," Fanning said. "He's someone like an uncle or a cousin. He's just straight up with you and he's cool. He's going to tell you like it is. He's not a stuck-up kind of guy."

With dozens of offers already on the table, Fanning will have plenty of choices when the time comes. Right now though he said his focus is becoming more and more closer to his new home in Auburn after moving from Callaway High (Hogansville, GA).

"My schools that I'm looking at right now are Auburn and Alabama," Fanning said. "That's all I can say right now. I've been to each of them so many times.

"When I think about Auburn the thing that stands out is that I'm so close. They are so close and I get to see what's going on with them all the time. I like what they did last year. That showed a lot. They're taking care of business."

Offered early by Alabama, Fanning has made several trips to Tuscaloosa as well and notes he likes what he sees from the Crimson Tide.

"Alabama has a lot of things I like," Fanning said. "I like the coaches, the players, the facility. I just like to be around them. They are cool."

With the both programs showing a lot of interest and the ability to choose from more schools outside the state, Fanning said right now he's just looking for a certain feeling from a school and in the end that will be the one for him.

"I'll be looking at family," Fanning said. "I want to feel that from a school."

Preparing for his first spring with Auburn High after a record-setting season in 2009 for the Tigers, Fanning said he's concentrating on a few things to help himself become a better player as a senior.

"I want to get my weight up," Fanning said. "I'm also working on my speed.

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