Lawrenceville, Ga.--A pair of class of 2015 teammates already receiving interest from top programs around the Southeast, Central Gwinnett defenders Adonis Thomas and Dre Jackson took an unofficial visit on Monday to check out the Auburn Tigers.
A 6-3, 190 safety prospect who already has offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, Thomas is a physical safety who could be a good fit for what Auburn is looking to do on defense under coordinator Ellis Johnson. Talking with the coaching staff and checking out the campus, Thomas pointed out that everything about the trip went great for him.
“It was a nice campus and I enjoyed myself,” he said. “It was my first time on an SEC campus and I liked it a lot. I got a tour and got to talk to my position coach (Charlie Harbison) if I decided to come there. We broke down some film and things like that.”
Being recruited to play the safety or “star" position in Auburn’s defense, Thomas said the coaches told him they wanted to see him in action this fall before offering him a scholarship. Even without an offer from Auburn, Thomas said the Tigers are definitely on his list of schools to watch at the moment.
“Auburn is definitely in my top five after today,” Thomas said. “It’s Cal, Florida, Auburn, probably Tennessee and Southern Cal.”
A speedy cornerback, the 5-10, 175-pound Jackson has early interest as well with offers from Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. Getting the chance to talk with the Auburn coaching staff and see what the Tigers are all about, Jackson noted it was nice to get a look at the SEC school.
“The visit was really good,” Jackson said. “The coaches were real nice. I learned something today and watched some tape.
“Everything was nice," he added. "The facilities were real nice, the coaches were really nice. They are good coaches.”
Spending time with Auburn cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith and talking about the position, Jackson said that he really enjoyed picking the brain of one of the most experienced secondary coaches in the country.
“He knows what he’s talking about,” Jackson said of Smith. “He is looking to help me out at my positon.
“He told me that he is going to look at me,” the prospect added. “He said he is going to go to some of my games this year and I have time to grow.”
With two offers at the moment and more possibly on the horizon, Jackson said that he plans to take his time before making a final decision.
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