Auburn’s recruiting has taken some body blows since the firing of Gene Chizik.
At least six prospects have de-committed from Auburn since the coaching change, with 3-star linebacker Jarrad Davis of Camden County High School being the latest.
On Sunday, Davis switched his commitment from Auburn to Florida after taking an official visit with the Gators.
“When they had the coaching change at Auburn, he certainly didn’t know where he was going to stand with them,” Camden County coach Jeff Herron told the AJC. “So people started coming and looking at him, and they asked if he was open to looking at some other places – and he was, which he needed to be in that situation because we didn’t know for a couple of weeks what was going to happen at Auburn.”
Jarrad’s coach was informed on Friday that Florida was going to offer because there were academic concerns with another linebacker target. Davis quickly accepted. “I think Florida was the place that he wanted to go all along,” Herron said.
Within the last few weeks, Auburn has lost four longtime commits from Georgia:
Auburn still has three commitments remaining from Georgia:
What’s the good news out of all of this for Auburn? Even though it’s a high turnover – at least right now – and it stings, it’s a perfectly normal situation after a coaching change. New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has been hustling all over the Southeast to recruit since he got the job. He met with Carl Lawson and Trey Johnson, among others, last week. He also checked in on 5-star DT Montravius Adams, who is undecided.
Auburn, which traditionally recruits strongly in Georgia, will likely regain recruiting momentum next month.
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