OL Commitment Happy To Be A Tiger

Pope standout Thomas O'Reilly talks about his trip to Auburn on Saturday and his commitment to the Tigers.

Marietta, Ga.--Auburn commitment Thomas O'Reilly didn't have to make another trip to the Plains on Saturday to know where his future was headed. He had already been given an offer and accepted several months ago to bring his recruiting to an end, but he said for him it was all about the future of his life at Auburn that brought him back.

"Today was just a day that we wanted to take a chance to go over," O'Reilly said. "We wanted to see Kiehl (Kiehl Frazier) and some other offensive players. It was just checking in with the coaches and kind of tour around some. Really check everything out again.

"It's huge," he added about hanging out with future teammates. "These are the guys I'll be playing with for the next four or five years. It's good to get to know them now."

Several weeks ago there were some rumors floating around that O'Reilly might be looking around to see what else was out there. Included in that was the possibility of a visit to Tennessee to check out the Vols. O'Reilly said Auburn fans don't have to worry. He's solidly a Tiger and has been since the beginning.

"My commitment was strong then and it's definitely strong now," he said. "I just keep visiting and re-assuring why I chose Auburn. That (Tennessee rumor) was just one of the guys asking if anyone was still kind of pushing and Tennessee is a big school that has been pushing. I said I might want to go look at the campus to just solidify my commitment to Auburn. I don't think I'll go up there. I'm pretty solid."

Planning to graduate high school early and enroll in Auburn early in January to begin school and be able to go through spring practice, O'Reilly spent his summer taking Literature classes to be ready to go this fall. He said having that on track and already committed is something he's happy about.

"It's awesome," O'Reilly said. "I don't have to worry about it anymore. I took my summer classes and I'm on track to graduate in January. It wasn't too bad. I'm done with Lit. Right now I'm just focused on football. I've got three academic classes in the fall."

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