Auburn missed on landing an inside linebacker on National Signing Day, but coach Gus Malzahn and his staff appear to have a promising lead days later.
Per AL.com’s Brandon Marcello, former Illinois linebacker T.J. Neal will visit The Plains on Feb. 15. Neal, a grad transfer, will become immediately eligible following his graduation in May.
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior has yet to secure an offer from the Tigers, Marcello reports, but he has spoken with both Malzahn and new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele in recent days.
Neal, who recorded 109 tackles with Illini this past season, is also expected to visit West Virginia on Monday.
“From my high school, I never thought I’d play at a big-time school like Auburn,” Neal told AL.com. “To have a chance now, it’s exciting to play against some of the top players in the country.”
The Tigers are relatively thin at the position entering the 2016-17 season following the departures of Cassanova McKinzy, Justin Garrett and Kris Frost. The addition of Neal would certainly bolster Auburn’s depth there.