Auburn makes good impression

From the coaches to the atmosphere to the speed of the offense, four-star offensive tackle Ed Christian (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) was impressed with what he saw on an unofficial visit to Auburn last weekend.

Christian, 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, committed to Florida State in February but rescinded that commitment after watching Auburn beat Ball State 54-30 on Saturday.

"I really can't name a leader, because I have not been anywhere else recently," Christian said. "But my visit to Auburn is my best visit I have had so far."

Christian said he has visited Auburn, Florida State, Florida and UAB. He plans to return to Auburn for an official visit Oct. 17 for the Kentucky game.

Christian said his father, who accompanied him on the visit, also was impressed.

"My dad really liked the atmosphere better than anywhere else we have gone," Christian said. "He also liked how the coaches told us the truth."

Auburn piled up 560 yards of total offense against Ball State, and that got Christian's attention, too.

"They run a fast-paced offense and I like that," Christian said. "I could see myself in that offense."

Christian, rated the nation's No. 19 offensive tackle prospect by ESPN Scouts Inc., talked with Auburn's coaches before the game and went to the locker room at halftime.

"We got to go in there at halftime, and the coaches were not fussing or screaming at the players," Christian said. "They were just telling them to do what they had been taught to do all week and they would be all right. They were not in the players' faces, and I really liked that."

Christian said he liked how the coaches talk about championships.

"They were talking to me about how they will always be in the hunt for a national championship as well as an SEC championship every year," he said. "I really liked hearing that."

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes both left an impression on Christian.

"Coach Grimes is such a laid-back guy, and he treated his players just like his kids," Christian said. "I had a good visit with him because he was so down-to-earth. Coach Chizik is a good Christian man, and he was also down-to-earth. I could tell he was telling me the truth. and I liked that."

Christian said he plans to see what other schools have to offer before he makes a decision.

"I just wanted to open my recruiting back up because I never gave the other schools a chance," he said. "I am trying to look at the big picture and what schools have to offer."

Christian said he has no timetable for his decision and he is going to "go with the flow." He said he plans to take his five official visits before he picks a school.

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