Talented Defensive Tackle Talks Auburn

Defensive tackle prospect Dontavius Russell talks about visiting Auburn on Saturday and spending time with the coaching staff.

Carrollton, Ga.—Expected to be one of the top defensive tackles in the South for the 2014 class, big Dontavius Russell already has offers from many of the top programs in the region including Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia. On Saturday was in Auburn to check out the Auburn Tigers and spend time with Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff.

Arriving on the Plains in the afternoon, Russell got a tour of the facilities before joining Malzhan and Rodney Garner for the Auburn-Vanderbilt basketball game. Staying until the bitter end, Russell says that he enjoyed the experience and getting a feel for the program.

"It went good," Russell says. "I got to see some things I didn't get to see when I came on a visit to a game last season. I got to see a lot of things around the athletic facility. It went good.

"I got to see Coach (Rodney) Garner again," he adds. "I had already met him before. I also got to meet the head coach so that was good. They made a good impression."

With just a few players on hand and the only prospect left for the basketball game, Russell and his parents had the undivided attention of the Auburn coaches during the game. He says that was a big deal for him and made the trip one to remember.

"I feel like it was better than coming to a Junior Day because there would have been more people," Russell says. "I just had a good time because I had time to spend with the defensive line and head coach. I feel like it was more personalized for me."

One of the biggest things for Russell was getting to spend some quality time with Garner. His position coach should he choose Auburn and a former Tiger player, Russell says he likes what Garner has to say about the future of the program.

"It's like the third time I met him and I feel like he's a good person," Russell says. "I feel like he's good to be around and a good person."

Saying that he doesn't have any favorites at the moment, Russell says he plans to keep visiting the schools that have offered him until he reaches his decision. As to when that may happen he says it could be next week or on signing day.

"I don't really have a list right now," Russell says. "I'm just trying to get as many opportunities as I can to play. That's all I'm trying to do right now.

"I haven't really put much thought into making a decision yet," he adds. "I just feel like that whenever I feel like I know where I want to go then I'll just tell people then."

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