Standout OL Hoping To Make A Name For Himself

Valley OL Jon-Morgan Poole talks about his recent visit to Auburn and how recruiting is going.

Valley, Ala.--Growing up and living close to Auburn, Valley offensive lineman Jon-Morgan Poole has had plenty of opportunities to see the Tigers in his lifetime, but recently the visits and trips have taken on a different meaning as he's looking at the Tigers not as a fan, but as a potential recruit.

A 6-4, 275 offensive lineman for the Rams, Poole is a physical player that has caught the eye of several programs with his play in recent seasons. One of those schools is Auburn. Recently he made a trip to watch the Tigers in spring practice and to talk to the coaches. He said for him it was another opportunity to learn more about the inner-workings of the Auburn football program.

"It wasn't my first time being over there," Poole tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I just live 20 minutes down the road. It just feels like home over there. I like the coaches. They are always laid back. I like coach (Tommy) Thigpen. He's always relaxed around the players. It was good to see how practice was. It was my first time seeing that. I liked the intensity. It just felt like home down there."

In addition to spending time with Thigpen, Poole said he also had the opportunity to talk to Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. A player that could play either guard or tackle on the next level, he said it was important for him to get to know Grimes in case he gets an offer from Auburn and winds up signing with the Tigers.

"It's very important," he said. "I have a good relationship with them, especially coach Thigpen. He talks with ‘A' (Erique Florence) and we talk as well. This time I got to talk more with coach Grimes. He's my position coach. I got to sit down with him. I just like all the coaches."

Florence could be just the ticket to help Poole get his opportunity on the next level. One of the top safety prospects in the nation, he has schools flocking to Valley to see him in action and to watch him on film. Poole is hoping that along the way he catches someone's eye as well.

"He mainly brings them in and then I can show them what I've got," Poole says. "Hopefully I can catch someone's eyes. It's fun. I work hard everyday so I can take advantage of my opportunity. He's got a lot of athletic ability so the coaches will be coming in. I just have to show them what I've got."

Still waiting on that offer, Poole said at the moment he's getting some attention from several teams around the South. Not waiting around, he said he'll continue to take some visits and has already decided on one camp to attend this summer.

"Right now I'm hearing from Auburn, Georgia Tech and I think I'm going to camp at Troy," he said. "That's about it right now. Maybe there will be more down the road."

A two-year starter at offensive tackle while also seeing some time on the defensive line, Poole said he's currently bench pressing just under 300 pounds with a squat of 450.


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