Brother Combination Impressed By Auburn Visit

Daniel Imatorbhebhe (2015) and younger brother Josh Imatorbhebhe (2016) are both talented receivers out of North Gwinnett (Ga.) High. They recently visited Auburn and came away impressed with the Tigers.

Suwanee, Ga.--While the recruiting process is heating up in a big way for big hybrid wide receiver/tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe (pronounced I-mat-tor-bay-bay) from North Gwinnett High, things are just beginning for his younger brother and 2016 wide receiver prospect Josh Imatorbhebhe. Trying to get a feel for schools as they seek as much information about the programs showing interest, the brother combination was recently on the Auburn campus to check out Coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers.

A physical 6-4, 220 receiver prospect already with offers from several schools including picking up Florida and Missouri in the last week, Daniel is still waiting on the Auburn Tigers at the moment but said there is already plenty to like about the program.

"I honestly didn't know what to expect when I went there, but it was a really pleasant surprise," Daniel said. "The people there, you can tell they are real and genuine. The coaches really care about you and you're not just some statistic, you're a person. You can tell they care about doing everything right, that meticulous aura fills the place. I was really glad with what I saw."

While his brother is a powerful receiver capable of making plays over the middle as well as outside, at 6-2, 185, Josh is more of the classic outside receiver. Physical in his own right with still two seasons of high school football remaining, the younger Imatorbhebhe said he also got a very good feeling about Auburn following his visit.

"It was a really great experience going there with my brother," Josh said. "I was just amazed at how they have a spirit of excellence. They don't lack anything. Their facilities are bar none. The coaches are great. The people there are nice. I was just really impressed with all the good things they have there."

Daniel and Josh Imatorbhebhe

Getting a tour of the facilities and spending time with Auburn assistants Charlie Harbison and Dameyune Craig, Daniel said that he was impressed by what he heard from the staff about the direction of the program and also how he would be used in the offense.

"We spent the most time talking with Coach Cheese and Coach Craig," Daniel noted. "We were getting to know them a little bit and I was really excited about the future of the relationship. Coach Craig is cool and he has a lot of jokes. We were talking about C.J. Uzomah since he went to my high school. I think he would be a really cool person to play for.

"They basically asked me where I see myself fitting in," he added. "They told me about the different stuff they do at Auburn and how they are different than everybody else and if I got there I would probably do some of the same stuff C.J. Uzomah does now. That sounds great. Whatever way I can help is great."

While an offer from Auburn is something Daniel said he's waiting on, after talking with the coaching staff and hearing how they do things he understands why the Tigers are waiting. As a young man focused on his goals on and off the football field, he added that he can definitely respect a program for trying to be as thorough as possible when looking for future players.

"Auburn said they are interested, but the way they do things is different," Daniel said. "They don't just hand out offers. They told me they were going to do their homework and I should do my homework on them. They want to make sure they take the time to do things right and it's nothing to be offended about. They said if they do that it means they really like me, so that's a compliment. That was really good to hear."

While his time is rapidly coming in the recruiting game, Josh said he's just taking things in stride at the moment. Already with an offer from Boston College and hearing from California, Florida and others, the younger brother said he's fortunate to have someone he looks up to in the same house to learn from as he prepares to embark on his college search for real in another year.

"It's definitely humbling because I have somebody in my household that I can aspire to be like," Josh said. "My older brother, since I was young I have always looked up to him. I have always aspired to be like my older brother. I have always wanted to be like him. As he's going through his success right now it's making me hungrier and making me want to seize every opportunity more than I would have before."

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