AUBURN, Ala. — Trey Hill has been to Auburn as much as anywhere else.
His visit on Thursday made it “six or seven times,” according to the 4-star offensive lineman. Before he received an Auburn offer, Hill had visited the Plains at least four times, which is a telling sign of his interest in the Tigers. Hill claims to have a completely open recruitment, but he continues to be linked more to Georgia, Florida State and Clemson than other programs.
In Hill’s mind, however, Auburn’s chance is as high as any.
“Oh yeah. They’re in it a lot. I’ve been talking to Auburn. That was probably my first visit when I started getting recruited. I was here four or five times before I even got the offer,” Hill said. “It’s just the family here. Everything is like family. It’s a great coaching staff. I think they can get me to where I need to be in life.”
Speaking of family, Hill’s entire one joined him on the visit.
He’d made the trip with his dad before. This time around, his dad, mom, brother and sister all made it to Auburn for the visit. Most of his time was spent with offensive line coach Herb Hand who has recruited Hill for two years, touring the campus and facilities.
“I just brought my family up here just to let them see the facilities. I’ve been up here six or seven times, so I was basically just letting them see the place, let them get a feel for it,” Hill said. “They like the place. They got a good vibe from it. They like the atmosphere.”
Auburn is recruiting Hill has a guard or center, much like most of the programs involved. Hill doesn’t have a preference other than he wants “the quickest way to the field,” he said. He spoke with Hand and Gus Malzahn about Auburn’s depth chart and talked some scheme.
The Tigers’ message is clear — and has stayed consistent.
“They’re just recruiting me hard, like always. They’ve never given up on me,” Hill said. “It’s the same thing. I’m a top priority here on the O-line. They really want me. I’ve been up here, and they’ve never switched up. We’ve got a good relationship. I’ve been talking to (Hand) for like two years. We just sat down and talked ball and Xs and Os.
Hill plans to make a late December commitment.
Between now and then, he expects to make it to Auburn on more than one occasion. Hill hasn’t set official visit plans yet, but he will likely attend multiple games at Jordan-Hare Stadium this fall. He talks with Hand as much as any other position coach, also including Georgia’s Sam Pittman and USC’s Neil Callaway in that closest-relationship group.
Auburn’s success in the 2017 season will be something the 6-foot-4, 330-pound lineman tracks.
“Wins and losses, it’s going to matter in some aspect. You want to go to a winning team where they’re going to do good stuff,” Hill said.