Tyler Catalina’s recruitment took an interesting turn last Wednesday.
The soon-to-be graduate transfer from Rhode Island University, who signed a financial-aid agreement with Iowa State in December, was listed as a ‘mid-year’ signee by the Cyclones in a press release on National Signing Day, according to AL.com’s Brandon Marcello.
Per Catalina’s brother, however, that was inaccurate.
“He hasn’t signed with anybody and he’s still going through the process,” said Tony Catalina, who acknowledged his brother is still set to visit Auburn on Feb. 19.
The Tigers, led by offensive line coach Herb Hand, have recruited Catalina aggressively over the past two weeks. With the departures of starting tackles Shon Coleman and Avery Young, Auburn is aiming to shore up its offensive line ahead of the 2016-17 season.
Catalina was extended an offer on Wednesday, and he later made contact with Hand the following day.
“They are all saying the same thing pretty much every other team is saying,” Tyler Catalina told SEC Country. “They have a great need for a tackle to come in and play right away.”
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive tackle is down to Iowa State, Florida, Auburn, Boston College and Georgia. Catalina is prepping for his visit to The Plains in the coming weeks.
“With a place like Auburn, you never can really get a full understanding to see what a place like that is all about until you take the visit down there and meet them and visit the campus and check it all out,” Catalina said.
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