AUBURN, Ala. — Not long after Herb Hand was situated in Auburn, the first-year offensive line coach began to tap into the state of Pennsylvania.
Hand, who previously coached at Penn State, immediately reached out to C.J. Thorpe, a four-star offensive guard from Pittsburgh.
A few months later, Thorpe, the No. 8 offensive guard in the country, made the trek down to Auburn to attend the program’s A-Day spring game.
“You know, Herb Hand, he came from Penn State. He’s been recruiting me pretty heavily down here,” said Thorpe, who arrived to The Plains Saturday afternoon. “I got the offer before he even came down, but him being down here is huge for me. To already have a nice little relationship with a (guy) down here that I already know is real nice.”
Thorpe’s visit to Auburn was his first-ever. He and his family arrived to the campus on Saturday after spending the previous few days visiting both Alabama and Georgia. Thorpe raved about the atmosphere at Auburn and came away impressed by the program’s facilities.
Thorpe said the Tigers can be “a huge factor” in his recruitment.
The 6-foot-3, 318-pound prospect said he’ll begin to narrow down his top schools in the coming months. Thorpe conceded that Penn State, Georgia and Auburn will be among his favorites when that time comes, and he plans to use one of his five allotted official visits to return to The Plains this fall.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite