Shaq Takes Visit To See Tigers

Reeltown standout Shaquille Roberson talks about his visit to Auburn last Saturday.

Reeltown, Ala.--Big linebacker prospect Shaquille Roberson has become a old hat at recruiting visits in the last few months and he continued his trips over the weekend with another look at the Auburn Tigers. Making a visit to Auburn in January, Roberson said the second trip had a different feel for him.

"It was great," Roberson said. "It was better than my first visit. It wasn't what I expected really, but it was great. I like the way they put emphasis on the family part and I can see it with the players. They were saying the same things the coaches were saying about how they were close and how good the family is together. I like that kind of stuff."

Spending time with the defensive coaches, the 6-3, 210 linebacker said that while he enjoyed getting to know them, he loved hanging out with Auburn wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor.

"I like the coaching staff" Roberson said. "They are real laid-back and easy to talk to. All the coaches like coach (Ted) Roof, coach (Gene) Chizik and coach (Tommy) Thigpen are cool. Coach Troop is real easy to talk to. I would say he's easier to talk to than the rest, but it's not hard to talk to any of them. The coaching staff is great. I like them."

Roberson was a huge part of a defense that helped Jackie O'Neal's Rebels to the Class 2A state title. He made 152 tackles (86 solo), 12 sacks, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries on his way to being named the Class 2A Linemen of the Year. It's those numbers that have schools showing interest in the small town standout.

"I have letters from Illinois, LSU, Vanderbilt, Troy, Alabama, Duke and Furman," Roberson said. "I don't have any offers at the moment, but I'm hearing from a lot of schools."

Auburn is one of the schools showing interest in Roberson even though the Tigers haven't come across with an offer to this point. With plenty of time between now and next February, he noted they did tell him to stay positive because you never know when things will change.

"They said the offering is slow, but just because I don't have one now doesn't mean I'm not going to get one," Roberson said. "They told me they're going to be coming to a practice this spring and they want me to come to a one-day camp in July. They're saying they want a guy that hits as fast as he runs. They don't want you to shy away from contact and run through the guy."

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