Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Wednesday, and we talked to Trey Hill after his Week 1 visit. Also, there’s a 2019 offensive lineman receiving extra attention from Auburn.
Trey Hill treasures Auburn game visit
AUBURN, Ala. — Surprise might not be the right word, but when 4-star offensive guard Trey Hill decided to visit Auburn in Week 1, it raised eyebrows.
Hill was one of the first prospects on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium, about an hour prior to the game. He stayed throughout the 41-7 contest to talk with coach Gus Malzahn and offensive line coach Herb Hand after the game, which resulted in Hill being one of the last prospects to leave the recruiting facility.
Hill left feeling like a priority.
“It’s the same thing, ‘We really want you. You could fit into this program with the same offense,'” Hill said. “I mean, I’m his top priority. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel wanted.”
Hill has options across the southeast.
He’s been called a Georgia lean by almost everyone but himself. Yet he elected to go to Auburn vs. Georgia Southern rather than Georgia vs. Appalachian State. Alabama and Florida State, especially the Seminoles, are on Hill’s radar, which made that game in Atlanta seem like a logical destination for Hill.
But Hill wanted to see Auburn prove itself. He wanted to go to a place for a game day that he’s been to during the offseason, but not as much on Saturdays.
“It’s just because I’ve been to Georgia a lot. I didn’t go to that many (Auburn) games last year,” Hill said. “Just to see how they bounced back from last year and how they got a quarterback.”
As Hill watched Auburn, just as he has through the spring and summer, he further recognized the opportunity to play early.
Mike Horton started his first game for the Tigers, but Austin Golson and Braden Smith will be gone after the season. Hill has talked with Malzahn and Hand about both guard and center, though he’s ranked the No. 2 offensive guard in the country.
Hill won’t judge his entire decision on playing time, but he sees a channel to the field with the Tigers.
“The depth chart situation, you’re going to have backups at either school that can play. It’s just a matter of coming in and working hard and fitting in. I’m paying attention to it, but I’m really not [looking at it too much],” Hill said. “Most of their [interior] guys are seniors. If I come here, I feel that I’d fit in.”
Hill doesn’t say much to the media, or anyone for that matter, about his recruitment. That’s how he likes to operate. He even joked when asked about the schools standing out that, as reporters, we should know better than to ask the close-to-the-vest Hill that question because he’s going to “name the same 10 schools” every time.
But he wanted it to be known Auburn has made a leap throughout the process.
“They’re pretty up there,” Hill said.
He plans to make a decision in December, as he will be an early enrollee. Hill expects to take his five official visits, but places like Auburn and Georgia likely won’t receive one because those are places within driving distance. So far, his only planned official visit is to Southern California later in the season.
Louis Paul Smith receiving Auburn love
Already looking ahead to the 2019 class, there is another interior offensive lineman who is receiving a lot of attention from the Tigers coaching staff.
A name to watch: Louis Paul Smith from Biloxi, Miss.
Smith is the No. 3-ranked offensive center in the nation, and No. 701 overall. He doesn’t hold an offer from the Tigers yet. So far, he has offers from Mississippi State, Troy, Southern Miss and others.
But Auburn has kept in contact with Smith — in a big way.
He has received a crazy amount of mail from Auburn in recent weeks. Check some of it out.
— Angie Smith (@jilly_louie_mom) September 3, 2017
— Louis Paul Smith (@warriorcenter66) September 2, 2017
— Louis Paul Smith (@warriorcenter66) September 1, 2017
— Louis Paul Smith (@warriorcenter66) September 6, 2017
It appears an offer is likely in the future for Smith.
He said he was “kinda shocked” when he received a lot of the mail from the Tigers all in the same day. Smith and Hand have had a relationship that go back to his freshman year. He came to Auburn for one of the Tigers’ junior days this spring.
Keep an eye out for a potential offer in the future considering the amount of attention Auburn is giving.
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