April 15, 2008

Utah four-star OL plans visit to Auburn

Provo, Utah isn't normal stomping grounds for Auburn in recruiting.

But in Xavier Su'a Filo case, the Tigers are making an exception.

The Timpview High Rivals250 prospect picked up an early offer from Auburn, and the interest he's received from the Tigers; he's promptly given back.

Su'a Filo, 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, is already planning a trip to the Plains in the summer. He's heard many good things about Auburn, but wants to see them for himself.

"I've always thought Auburn was an awesome university, and a few of my friends grew up there that are now in Utah. They are huge Auburn fans and they tell me about it," said Su'a Filo. "I have a lot of interest in Auburn."

Su'a Filo is being recruited to Auburn by Hugh Nall. The top recruit and top offensive line coach have already begun building a relationship, a relationship Su'a Filo hopes to build on during his summer visit.

"I've talked to coach Nall and he's sent me some letters, too. He has been honest and straightforward with what they have to offer, instead of just telling you stuff that colleges usually will," said Su'a Filo. "Coach Nall said they weren't very deep along the offensive line. That could be somewhere I could go and play."

Auburn also features a familiar offensive scheme for Su'a Filo. Timpview, he said, runs the spread offense just like Auburn. And the familiarities don't stop there.

"Auburn is an Under Armour school. Their colors are orange and blue just like my high school, and they run the spread offense just like my high school," he said. "I enjoy playing in the spread a lot. That could possibly be a factor in my college choice. I would already know the terminology and most of the plays."

Su'a Filo will get to see the familiarities in person during his visit. And that's not all he'll be looking for.

"I've always been interested in Auburn, but I want to see what they have. I want to see the academic side. I want to see the facilities, and I look for a coach that likes me," he said. "Coach Nall seems like a really nice guy and I want to develop a relationship with him. That would be all for the better."

In addition to Auburn, Su'a Filo has offers from BYU, Colorado, LSU, Miami, Notre Same, USC and Stanford among others.

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