Auburn In Top Two For Speedy 2015 Prospect

Central-Phenix City running back Traveon Samuel talks about his recent visit to Auburn and what has the Tigers in his top two at the moment.

Phenix City, Ala.—One of the top running back prospects in the South for the 2015 recruiting class, speedy Traveon Samuel from Central High was on the Auburn campus recently to check out the Tigers in spring practice along with teammate Christian Campbell. Already with offers from top programs such as Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee and several others, Samuel says it was great to get back to Auburn and see the new coaching staff in action.

"It was a good practice," Samuel says. "The offense was really good. I like how they have picked up the pace a little bit. I like all the coaches and the coaching staff, they really like me a lot. They said I just have to grow up and make plays if I do decide to come up there. I like Coach (Gus) Malzahn a lot. He really talked to me a lot about one of my former teammates J.D. McKissic. He compares me to him a lot. I just have to step up and make big plays."

At 5-8, 180, Samuel is physical for his size, but his speed and quickness are what makes him stand out above the crowd. He says because of his skill set Auburn's offense is a good fit for what he brings to table.

"It's a spread offense," Samuel says. "They really like to spread the ball around and move guys to more than one position. I like to play quarterback, receiver, running back, all over the offense."

Saying that Auburn and Clemson are his leaders at the moment, Samuel says he has no plans to make a decision anytime soon, but when he does it's a safe bet to assume Auburn will be in the mix because of Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

"It's a good impression," he says of what he feels about the Auburn coaching staff. "I have been talking to Coach Malzhan, but meeting him in person was different. He's a really good guy. Coach Lashlee is a good guy to be around. He's going to make sure you have a good time."

In addition to getting the opportunity to see Auburn's new coaching staff in action, Samuel says it was great to get to see former teammate Jonathan Wallace again as well. Auburn's starter at quarterback at the end of the 2012 season and in a battle with Kiehl Frazier at the moment, Samuel says he can easily tell the difference in Wallace just one year later.

"He has grown a lot," Samuel says. "He's gotten bigger, faster and stronger. When he was at Central he was a good, mature guy. He stayed on top of his game and was a good leader. If he keeps that leadership he'll be good."

Already with a South Alabama offer, Campbell says he's hearing from several other programs including Vanderbilt, Duke, and Louisville.

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