AUBURN — Wilson Bell got what he was looking for from his official visit to Auburn to weekend. The offensive guard from Blount High School (Eight Mile, Ala.) received his offer from Auburn less than a week ago and wanted to make sure he could see himself playing for the Tigers.
“I had a real good time up here,” said Bell, a three-star recruit. “I feel like they helped reassure some things about how I felt about the school – about the offer being so late. I’m kind of glad I came.
“I came here and it was all serious, it was all business when I came because I said I really need to know should I come here after the offer being so late. I came here and they really showed me a good time. I got to meet the players, the coaches and they helped reassure the love that I did have for Auburn.”
Bell, rated the No. 23 guard in the country and No. 16 player in the state by 247Sports, is currently committed to Central Florida but said his top two schools are Florida State and Auburn.
“I should know by Monday on what I’m going to do about UCF,” he said. “I said I’m going to make my decision, I’m going to make it public, on signing day but by next week I should tell the head coach which school I’m going to.”
Bell sees Florida State as “a school that’s already there” whereas Auburn is “a school on the rise” and sees the Tigers competing for a national championship in two years.
Bell said he enjoyed speaking with offensive line coach JB Grimes about where he’ll fit on Auburn’s line.
“He kept telling me how much he really wanted and needed me here,” Bell said. “I like to feel wanted. I don’t want to come to school where they have many of me, I want to come to a school where I’m wanted. I like the way they made me feel wanted at the school.
“They told me they project me to be a guard when I come in and he said as long as you come in and work and be a real good competitor, he said you should start right away because I’m an in-state guy and they really want in-state guys on the line to help bring that name back to Auburn.”
Davis said his final decision will come down to the stability of the coaching staff, academics and whether he is going to “excel” as a player at the school of his choosing.
Jonathan Walton thought he knew where he was going to play college football, then he visited Auburn. The Bayside Academy (Daphne, Ala.) H-back and linebacker came to the Plains thinking South Carolina was his clear-cut choice but this weekend’s visit to Auburn left him undecided.
“Came up here thinking one thing then completely got another because I came in with South Carolina leading and I’m leaving with something I’m trying to balance out right here,” Walton said. “It changed me a lot. I’m thinking about it. I had (a decision), I can’t say I have one now. I’m definitely going to think about that on the ride home.
“I’m definitely considering, it’s between Auburn and South Carolina. I’m going to try to make my choice some time this week. That’s been the plan, still is the plan just don’t know who yet. … I can say it’s dead even right now.”
The 6-1, 225-pound Walton said he had a good visit and enjoyed speaking with coach Gus Malzahn, who recruited him previously while at Arkansas State. While South Carolina is recruiting him to be a linebacker, Walton said he may be on the offensive side if he chooses Auburn.
Four-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander was a late addition to Auburn’s official visits this weekend. The 5-11, 180-pound Alexander did not speak with reporters when he ended his visit but later spoke to recruiting website Auburn.247sports.com.
“It was a good visit. I enjoyed it,” Alexander told the website. “Great people. It was a great experience for me to be here. I chose to come here and I was really impressed.
“I just have to go home and think about things now.”
Alexander, the No. 4-ranked corner in the nation by 247Sports and No. 7 by Rivals and Scout, de-committed from Tennessee and was supposed to visit Rutgers this weekend.
He also had made stops at Mississippi State, Clemson and Texas A&M. Auburn cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith and safeties coach Charlie Harbison each recruited Alexander at MSU and Clemson respectively.
Three-star athlete Shane Tucker (Memphis) was a standout running back at the Memphis University School but is being recruited to play safety for Auburn.
“I would love to play safety, doing all the hitting instead of getting hit. It doesn’t matter to me where I play,” Tucker said, according to Auburn Undercover.
Tucker, rated nation’s No. 58 running back by 247Sports, was recruited by Malzahn at Arkansas State and has offer from Louisville, Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State among others. He hopes to add Auburn to that list.
“They are very interested. They just want to see everything pans out,” he said.
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