Lacy Westbrook had not been hearing much from Auburn until Thursday when offensive line coach Jeff Grimes stopped by Compton (Calif.) Dominguez and offered the 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle a scholarship.
It's the latest big offer for Westbrook, who has also picked up Utah and Boise State this week to go along with Colorado, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, SMU, UCLA, USC and Washington.
"It's pretty surprising," Westbrook said. "Today was the first time they came to see how I was doing and see how school was going.
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Westbrook has family in Selma, Ala., and so both Auburn and Alabama are under serious consideration. The Dominguez standout said he would like to visit with the Tigers as soon as possible but that it might have to wait for an official visit.
"We were actually talking about that," Westbrook said.
"We have family that lives in Selma and (Grimes) stated that the school isn't that far from Selma so there's a possibility my family could come see me play and he was saying that Auburn is a really safe community and a really good academic school and football program since they won the BCS this year. It's a school I'm going to evaluate and visit."
When Westbrook can get to Auburn is still undetermined. He said he'll sit down with his family to possibly work out an unofficial visit - maybe visiting Alabama and Auburn during the same trip - but that it might have to wait until the fall. Either way, the Tigers have dramatically moved up the list after offering.
"We're going to talk it over to see," Westbrook said. "In my opinion, it's a school where I could take an official visit but me and my mom and dad are going to discuss this to see if we could take an unofficial visit to some schools outside of California."