Big-Time 2016 DT Feels At Home On The Plains

2016 four-star defensive tackle Julian Rochester discusses his visit to Auburn and what he likes about the Tigers.

Powder Springs, Ga.--Expected to be one of the top defensive tackles in the country for the 2016 recruiting class, big Julian Rochester from McEachern High is off to a hot start in the recruiting process even though he's still got two seasons of high school football remaining.

Already with 16 offers, the four-star prospect and the number five player in the country at his position was already high on Auburn before he made a return trip to the Plains on Friday. Hanging out with Carl Lawson, Coaches Gus Malzahn and Rodney Garner, and getting a feel for the school, Rochester said he like everything about the Tigers.

"This place treats me like family all the time and it's just a great experience," Rochester said. "They jumped on me first and made me feel like they really wanted me first.

"It's the same every time," he added. "They treat me like family. I'm at the top of their list for 2016 and I always feel it when I come here. I just feel how much they want me. I just really like it here."

Helping Rochester get an even better feel for Auburn is Lawson. A player that stuck by the Tigers throughout his recruiting process, he has built a relationship with the upcoming junior over the last year and Rochester said Lawson loves to tell him about playing in the program, the school and more.

"Just how great of a place it is and if you come here you've got the best chance to get to be at the next level, go pro," he said of what Lawson tells him. "He said you're going to have the best coaches -- Coach Cheese and Coach Malzahn -- and probably the best experience ever in college football."

Saying that Auburn, Clemson and Florida State are standing out to him at the moment, the 6-5, 280-pounder said he plans to be back on the Plains for Auburn's season opener against Arkansas on Aug. 30 and hopes to see games at both Clemson and Georgia as well in the fall.

As for making an early decision, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of that happening if the pressure continues to grow over the coming months. As for the school recruiting him the hardest? That was an easy question.

"Auburn because I'm here again," Rochester said. "They really want me. It's easy access up here. It's real easy to get here."

With the opportunity for early playing time high on his list, Rochester said that Auburn's veteran defensive line makes the Tigers a program he'll keep an eye on moving forward this fall. If he did decide to end his recruiting and choose Auburn he adds that would just be the start of things for him.

"I'm probably going to try to get Antwuan Jackson here with me," Rochester said of his fellow 2016 standout and friend. "I want to go to school with him. He likes Auburn and South Carolina too."


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