Prospect Likes Whole "Shebang" On Auburn Trip

High school football standout Jared Wheeler comments on his official visit to check out Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

Plantation, Fla.--Jared Wheeler, one of six high school senior football prospects who traveled to Auburn this weekend on an official recruiting visit, described his trip as "awesome."

He said the only downer for the weekend was the home team losing a heartbreaker, 26-21, to LSU, but the south Florida prep standout noted although he was disappointed for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers he liked what he saw on the field.

"That was just a tremendous football game," he said. "I really enjoyed it."

A six-foot-six, 310-pound offensive tackle from American Heritage High, his trip to Auburn was the first official visit for a prospect who has more than 30 scholarship offers.

Wheeler made a short trip to Auburn for a summer camp and got to work there with offensive line coach Hugh Nall. Nall liked the lineman enough to offer a scholarship. Wheeler spent more time with the Auburn coach on Sunday.

"I got to talk in-depth with Coach Nall, Coach (Eddie) Gran and Coach Tuberville and see how the whole shebang works," he said. Gran, who recruits running backs, is the south Florida area recruiting coach for the Tigers.

"The whole thing was an awesome visit," Wheeler said. "I like the coaches a lot and I liked the people I met.

"Lee Ziemba, the offensive tackle, took me out after the game and introduced me to a lot of people," Wheeler noted. "I like Lee a lot. He is an awesome guy who told me that Auburn is a great place to get an education and a great place to play football because everybody loves football there, which was something I could see."

One of Wheeler's primary considerations when choosing a college will be the engineering program. He spent part of his visit meeting with faculty and academic advisers. "I can see they are serious about academics, which is something I liked," he said.

The big lineman doesn't have any other official visit dates lined up, but said his next one will probably be to Vanderbilt. Wheeler and his parents made the official visit to Auburn after a Friday night game in Jacksonville as American Heritage suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 21-13 decision to Bolles.

Wheeler, who attended an Auburn summer football camp this year, is rated as one of the Top 11 prospects in Broward County by the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and one of the Top 10 prospects by the Miami Herald. He has started on high school varsity teams going all the way back to his seventh grade season.

Asked if his opinion on Auburn was higher or lower based on his official visit, he said, "It's definitely higher. I was really impressed with everything. I like Auburn a lot."

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