Santa Maria, Calif.—One of the top junior college running backs in the country, 5-11, 215 Cameron Artis-Payne
took an official visit to check out the Auburn
Tigers this week after earlier trips to Washington
. Getting a chance to meet with coaches Gene Chizik
and Curtis Luper
and spend time touring the campus, Artis-Payne said the Tigers are now very high on his list.
"The visit was great. I love Auburn University. There is a lot of fan support. I just love everything about it. The campus is great. What coach Chizik is doing there is a great thing. I love the staff and the running back coach (Curtis Luper) and everybody there."
A dominating runner this season at Allan Hancock College originally from Harrisburg, Penn., Artis-Payne spent a year at Milford Prep in New York, but with only smaller offers he decided to head to junior college. That proved to be the right move for the talented runner.
Putting up big numbers as a freshman, Artis-Payne has shattered school records left and right in 2012. In nine games he has 220 carries for a school record 1,838 yards and 23 touchdowns. Those kinds of numbers have put schools all over the country on notice including Auburn.
With two years left to play and a December graduate, Artis-Payne said he's looking for a place to come in and play right away and feels like Auburn is a great opportunity to do just that. As for the competition from guys like Tre Mason and Mike Blakely, he said that just comes with the territory.
"That's one of the biggest things in making my decision is the fact that I can come in and play right away at an SEC school as big as Auburn. That's a big thing for me.
"I don't worry about the competition," he added. "I feel as though I'm the best out there. That's just it. If a school is recruiting me, they are recruiting me to come in and play. I don't ever worry about the competition."
With three visits in the books and just a few weeks left Artis-Payne said he's closing in on his decision and hopes to have a school picked as soon as possible.
"I haven't made my decision yet," Artis-Payne said. "Auburn is up there I can tell you that much. I have taken two trips prior to Auburn at Washington and Utah. Auburn is up there…I'm just taking it all in right now."
Junior college standout running back Cameron Artis-Payne talks about his official visit to Auburn.