Auburn Tigers News: 4-star OT visiting campus today, player quotes from spring practice

In today's edition of Auburn Tigers News, a 4-star OT from the Peach State is visiting Auburn today plus player quotes of note from spring practice.

Auburn Tigers defensive lineman Jalen McLeod (35) celebrates a defensive stop as Auburn Tigers take
Auburn Tigers defensive lineman Jalen McLeod (35) celebrates a defensive stop as Auburn Tigers take / Jake Crandall / USA TODAY NETWORK
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In today's edition of Auburn Tigers News, a 4-star OT from the Peach State is visiting Auburn today plus player quotes of note from spring practice

Today the Auburn football program will have a special guest taking in spring practice. 4-star offensive tackle Tavaris Dice is on campus for his third visit of 2024. The Langston-Hughes OT is ranked as the #153 overall prospect and the #17 offensive tackle in the recruiting class of 2025, and he is the #26 recruit out of the state of Georgia.

“Man. . . I have been to Auburn like five or six times,” said Dice, per On3 Sports. “That is really because they are like — I don’t know. At one point in time I just couldn’t get tired of Auburn. Everything is just family, they treat you like family and you’re not even committed there yet. They’re always going to treat you right. Everybody around there, the fan base is crazy and things like that.

So far, Auburn football is at the top of the list for Dice, but he continues to get calls from other big programs like Florida State, Miami, and Florida. Getting him back on campus during spring practice is a big win for the Tigers.

Player quotes of note from spring practice

Sophomore corner Kayin Lee on DJ Durkin's defense, per Auburn Live:

"It’s definitely easier to remember,” Lee said. “The concepts are getting bigger on me so I am growing as a player on the field and off the field. The concepts within it are helping me learn and get ready for the NFL. Coach Durkin is a great coach and he has given us some great tips within our defense. It’s a simple scheme. I don’t want to say too much, but we have a nasty defense for everybody to see this year.“

Senior buck Jalen McLeod on the younger members of the Tigers' secondary, per Auburn Undercover:

“They're hungry,” McLeod said. “That's the main thing. That's the first sign you want to see out of young guys, if they want it or not, if they're hungry, they're coachable. Those types of things. And Jamonta, Amaris, TJ — all of them boys are coachable and they listen.”

Senior OL Jeremiah Wright on the revamped offensive line, per Auburn Live:

“It’s different. The chemistry, we can hold each other accountable,” Wright said. “Anybody messes up, we can get after each other, but we make sure everybody knows what they are doing. We hold each other to the highest standard. 

“We’re not trying to be like we were last year, we’re trying to keep elevating our game each and every year. Someone can get better than you every day. We’re trying to outwork each other, push each other, push the defense. When I come out there, I’ve got the juice. I bring everybody along with me and we go from there.”