Big Cat Visit Excites Defensive Line Prospect

A football recruiting report on 2011 prospect Rakeem Nunez features comments from the big lineman and video highlights.

Phenix City, Ala.--A prospect who is hoping to get an offer from Auburn, Rakeem Nunez, says he was impressed by his visit to Big Cat Weekend.

"It was amazing," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers."It was totally different that what I have experienced when visiting colleges. I liked putting on an Auburn jersey. I liked the ‘Minute to Win It' when we played different games and I liked talking to the coaches and the players."

The defensive lineman from Central High School says that the other prospects enjoyed themselves, too. "We were shooting pool, playing ping pong and having a good time."

A prospect from a military family who moved to Fort Benning for his sophomore year, he was a starting defensive lineman at Shaw High in 2008 before transferring across the Chattahoochee River to Central for his junior year.

"I like to play three technique (tackle) and end when they let me," Nunez says. "I am 6-3 1/2 weighing in at 285 or 290. I just played defense. I used to play offense my freshman year when I was a quarterback."

Nunez says he has early offers from Wisconsin, Memphis, Southern Miss and Jacksonville State and in addition to Auburn he is being recruited by Florida, LSU and Texas.

He notes that it is too early for him to name a favorite, but says he is definitely interested in the Auburn Tigers. "I like that they make you feel like you are at home," Nunez says. "I?like the whole atmosphere. The coaches are down to earth and make you feel welcome. I like the Tigerettes, too."

The lineman points out that academics will be an important consideration when choosing a college. "I want to be an animal vet or a marine biologist," he says. "I made all A's my second semester and this year my GPA was a 3.2 and my cumulative is 2.8."

He plans to return to Auburn for a summer camp and says he is also going to hit camps at Memphis, Florida, Alabama and several others.

In addition to football, he plays basketball and baseball at Central High. "Baseball is probably my best sport," says the big lineman. "I play first base and third base."

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