Talented tailback Brandon Wegher, whose dad is a pilot and another family friend who is also a pilot, flew from Iowa to Auburn to take a one-day tour of the Auburn University campus. Auburn is a college the All-State tailback says he is considering signing with next year.
"I just came down for the day and I decided I would miss school," Wegher tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Coach Gran (Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran) and I really wanted to meet each other and I pretty much had a full day in Auburn. I toured the facilities, the academics and all of that."
Wegher also got a chance to talk to Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville, but didn't watch the Tigers practice because the players are only on the field for Tuesday and Thursday practices this week.
Already a three-year starter at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, the running back has more than a dozen major college scholarship offers, including one from Auburn, in the spring of his junior year in high school.
Last fall he rushed for 2,350 yards with 31 touchdowns on the ground and three more as a receiver. He notes that he had 400 yards in receptions.
"I have been a starter since my freshman year," Wegher says. "I played wide receiver and I started on the varsity. My sophomore and my junior year I played running back. I played a little bit of wide receiver on both of those teams on special downs.
"I started at defensive back my sophomore year and played safety my junior year," he adds. "I also do the kicking--extra points and field goals--and I do kick returning and punt returns."
The talented tailback has run a 4.43 40-yard dash and posted a 4.48 at a Scout.com Combine as a sophomore. Also as a sophomore in track and field he posted times of 10.8 for the 100 meters and 22.3 in the 200.
Wegher, who notes that he hasn't grown up following a favorite college team, has several reasons for his interest in the Tigers. "I have heard the Auburn coaching staff is great and I know they have produced a lot of backs for the NFL and I really like that," he says.
Although he has offers from home-state programs Iowa State of the Big 12 and the University of Iowa of the Big 10, Wegher is not limiting his college choices to programs near his home. "I am going to visit Oregon, possibly, and I plan to go to Missouri," he says.
Wegher, who notes he currently checks in at 190 pounds on his 5-11 frame, says the list of colleges he really likes includes, "Auburn, Penn State, Iowa State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri."
"I am just enjoying the recruiting process and I am trying to get it over," says Wegher, who adds that he would like to make his college choice prior to his senior season.
Commenting on his running style, the high school junior says, "I am fast side to side and I run downhill with power." He adds that his high school team runs an offense similar to the one the Tigers are installing under the direction of new coordinator Tony Franklin and points out that is another factor on why he is considering the Tigers.
Commenting on his day in Auburn that featured blue skies and 70-degree weather, Wegher says, "I loved it. The coach was really awesome and he took us around. It's pretty nice down there compared to the cool weather up in Iowa."