Region tells Inside the Auburn Tigers he has accepted an invitation to play in the Under Under Armour All-American Game. "I am pretty excited about that," he says. "I am honored to have a chance to represent Cullman High School, Auburn University and my family."
Region says he also plans to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and adds that he was invited to the play in the U.S. Army All-American Game, too, but can't make that one because it conflicts with the Under Armour contest.
"Spring practice is going real well," says Region, who plans to play offensive guard for the Tigers in 2011. "It is getting real physical out there. We are losing a lot of seniors, but I think we are going to be good again.
"It is my job as team captain to tell everybody we have to play with the passion we had last year," Region says. "We have a lot of good athletes to replace, but that is nothing to us. We are going to work hard in the weight room, get in great shape and we will compete for the Class 5A state championship this year."
To help his team as a senior, Region will also play on the defense. He will line up at noseguard in a 3-4 front. "I am really excited about playing defense," he says. "I love offense, but on defense you don't really have a care in the world. You just go out there and hit people. I am just trying to help the team in any way that I can."
Region took a break from spring football practice to attend Auburn's most recent junior day on Saturday. He says the event went well and he enjoyed spending time with a pair of prospects he hopes will line up next to him in college as Auburn Tigers--Reese Dismukes from Spanish Fort High and Thomas O'Reilly from Pope High in Marietta, Ga.
The Auburn commitment says he enjoyed hanging out with the O'Reilly and Dismukes and notes that he believes both are seriously interested in the Tigers. Region points out that he isn't going to be pushy recruiting those guys, but has made it clear to them that he thinks the trio would make a great group of blockers for the middle of future Auburn offensive lines. "All three of us are very strong," he says.
After another visit to Auburn over the weekend for a Junior Day, Region says he is just as excited as ever about his decision to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.
"Auburn is where I need to be," he says. "It is amazing when I come to Auburn. I feel like I am a part of the family."