A massive quarterback, 6-5, 235 C.J. Uzomah had already made one trip to Auburn this spring, but on Friday he was back again and this time with his mother along for the ride. Getting a chance to watch practice and interact with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Uzomah notes he enjoyed seeing that side of the coaching staff in action.
"It went well," Uzomah tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "In the practice I got to hang out with coach Malzahn the whole time. He was in my ear about everything and the plays. That was a good experience. I got to talk to him and coach Chizik after practice. We got to ask them questions. I know for a fact that my mom was pleased with some of the thing he saw. I was equally as pleased. Overall it was a good day."
With Auburn in the middle of spring practices, Uzomah says the biggest part of the day was having the opportunity to see Malzahn in action on the field and see how the coaching staff is once the players are in between the lines.
"As the recruiting stage goes on everybody says that coaches say one thing and right when you get there they treat you totally different," Uzomah says. "Going to a practice is really beneficial. You get to see how they relate with players and how their coaching style is. Coach Malzahn, coach Chizik said he's never said one cuss word since he's been here. That speaks volumes. He's a great coach but he doesn't have to get in your face and rip your helmet off to get a point across."
Familiar with Cameron Newton, who is locked in a four-way battle for the starting quarterback position, Uzomah says seeing the team practice gave him a much better understanding of how much work it takes to succeed on the next level.
"Cam Newton is one of the guys fighting for a position," Uzomah says. "If he made a bad pass he was on himself. He was asking coach what he could do to improve on a certain play. I think it's big just seeing how the competition level is."
Up to 19 offers at the moment, Uzomah is becoming a hot commodity in the recruiting world as teams look for big, physical, and mobile quarterbacks. Trying to see as many of his suitors as possible this spring, he notes that he's not ready to narrow things down just yet but when he does Auburn will definitely be in the mix.
"I'll probably have a top few schools after spring break and spring practice," Uzomah says. "I think right now we're all grouping them together and trying to break down all the educational things and really everything about a school. I think Auburn will be in that group."