FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - A lot of orange and blue hype in the Shoals.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn made his first stop in north Alabama Monday, along side Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Malzahn said the Shoals tops his list of stops on the annual 'Tiger Trek'.
"It's really great," Coach Malzahn smiled. "It's one of my favorite stops. You can just tell the passion of the fans. It's always one of the stops I look forward to."
The Shoals Area Auburn Club also looks forward to the visit. They have been trekking to the Northwest Regional Airport for about six years now.
"It's a very,very exciting time for us," shared Michael Hasty, president of the Shoals Area Auburn Club, "being a part of the Auburn tradition, the Auburn family, seeing our coach and seeing Aubie and seeing the rest of the staff."
Malzahn wants to keep the spirit alive in the Shoals. Northwest Alabama is an area he said offers some great recruits.
"There's a lot of very talented players up here," he explained. "We got some on our team doing extremely well and they've been a very good fit to our program."
That mutual relationship with the Shoals even helps to put future students on the Auburn campus.
"It's probably our largest fundraiser for our endowed scholarship fund," Hasty said.
600 plus people were a part of the 'Tiger Trek' Monday. They got autographs with both coaches and shared the Auburn spirit together.
Coach Malzahn will continue the 'Tiger Trek' Tuesday at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion in Decatur.