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June 4, 2011

Pair of Palmetto State teammates visit AU

Dillon (S.C.) wide receive Kwinton Smith received an Auburn offer in March, and said the Tigers were atop his list of schools.

After a Saturday visit to the Plains, not much has changed for Smith, as his first visit to Auburn was a good one.

"It was a good visit. I saw a lot of stuff I didn't know about Auburn," Smith said. "I talked to all the coaches and build a chemistry, talked with coach (Gene) Chizik, coach Taylor. The coaches you want to be with, those are the guys you will be around in college.

"Now, I really think I see what Auburn has to offer. They are telling me how important I am to them, it means a lot."

Smith spent the day touring the Auburn campus and spending time with the Auburn coaching staff. Smith said the attitude and personality of the coaches was something that stood out to him.

Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor especially made an impact with Smith.

"Great guy to be around, you can learn a lot from him, but he's going to work you hard and everything is like a family," said Smith.

As far as favorites, Smith said Auburn remains near the top of his list with four other powerhouse programs.

"Right now, Virginia Tech, Florida, LSU, Auburn, and Alabama is my top five. I could mix it up, but it's solid right now," said Smith.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver said chemistry with the school, academics, and the opportunity to play both football and baseball are important factors in his decision. Smith is unsure if he will get drafted in baseball, but seems set on the idea of going to college.

"I want to be able to live the college life and get a degree and have something else to fall back on," Smith said.

Smith will continue his tour of the southeast by visiting LSU later Saturday, and then visiting Alabama on his way back home.

Smith said for now, that Auburn would most likely be a place he takes an official visit to in the fall, along with his other current top four.

Top 2013 Palmetto State OL visits

Visiting Auburn along with Smith, was top 2013 prospect and teammate, D.J. Park. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound elite upcoming junior already holds offers from Clemson, Florida, LSU, North Carolina, and more, and feels Auburn could be next.

"I believe they are planning to offer, if they haven't already," Park said.

Park toured the campus with his teammate, and was impressed with Auburn's plans to make the campus a better environment for student-athletes.

Park said he enjoyed his Auburn visit, and would return in the future. Park also talked to offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who told Park he would be a good fit at Auburn.

"He just told me where I would fit in, and with my background I'd be a good fit at Auburn," said Park.

Grimes also told Park that Auburn liked his physical play, and his versatility to play guard or tackle.

Park said has not thought too far ahead in terms of when he wants to make a decision, saying only that he would decide when he felt right.


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