Offensive tackle Laurence Gibson took an unofficial visit down to Auburn on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder out of Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy took in the Tigers-Tide battle.
"I loved it," he stated. "Everyone in Alabama is into college football. Even though I saw more Tide fans than Auburn fans, it was still cool.
"The traffic stretched 40 miles away from the school just to go to the game. They love football too. I really liked that atmosphere and the campus was beautiful."
Gibson went further about his experience in Auburn.
"It was just everything, how many people were there and the landscaping at the school," he said. "It seemed like there was a lot of stuff to do and the outskirts, country part were nice. I think I would have enjoyed living there.
"My uncle lives two hours away and my mom would probably go to the same military base. My mom can go wherever she wants and that'd be easier for her."
In regard to the game, Gibson couldn't put it into words.
"I just have never seen anything like that, there was nothing I didn't like," he said. "I know I was a recruit, but I kind of liked the attention. Even their fans would talk and everyone was excited to be there. It wasn't just something to do to go to a football game, they knew the players by their first names."
While he didn't get a lot of time with the coaches, Gibson did spend it with Coach Chizik and his assistants.
"It went well," he said. "I feel like they were really interested and I had a good conversation with Coach Chizik."
So, is an official coming to Auburn?
"I already know I like it," he said. "If it came down to two schools and I couldn't decide I'd probably take the official, but I don't think I need to."
The three-star lineman currently has official visits set for Virginia Tech this weekend, followed by Clemson on December 11th. He may be close to setting another trip as well.
"Wake Forest is talking and I'm going to talk to them more on Monday. I'm thinking about a visit there."