Ranked 51st prospect in the country by 247Sports, DJ Chester already knew the Auburn Tigers very well before visiting them for last Saturday’s game against Penn State. Auburn was one of the first schools to make him a top priority after making several early visits and with his sister going to school just down the street in Tuskegee, Chester had a good idea of what he was up to. was Auburn.
But he had never attended a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium until last weekend. Although the result wasn’t what he expected to see, Chester said it still tells him a lot about the program and Auburn fans.
“It was a good visit,” Chester said. “It was my first time seeing Auburn for a game. I’ve been there a few times because my sister has been to Tuskegee. I haven’t really been inside and I’ve really seen how it’s played. The environment was good, even in the fourth quarter when they were down. People stayed and were in. I liked that. You could see the fans were really real. The student section was still jumping.
Looking closely at Auburn’s offensive line, Chester said he could see a need for the Tigers up front on that side of the ball. Although it’s something he will pay close attention to, he said that ultimately it wasn’t a big deal in his recruiting.
“Yes and no,” Chester said. “I know that whenever the coaches feel I’m ready to play, that’s where I play. I’m not really worried about playing time as a rookie. I want to make sure I learn the games and personally I’m ready to play.
With a huge need on the offensive line in this class, Auburn has made Chester a top priority and a potential building block in the class as they look to build a great squad in 2023.
“They tell me I’m a big need and they need me,” Chester said. “They want me to play guard/center, but mostly guard. That’s what they see me playing.