Auburn has now lost seven football recruits since Gene Chizik was fired.
AJ Jackson, a 6-foot-6 tight end from Lovejoy High School, de-committed from Auburn on Tuesday. Jackson had been pledged to the Tigers since last May.
“I just wanted to let you know that I de-committed from Auburn … and keep my options open until I take my visits and see who has the best interest in me,” Jackson told the AJC.
Jackson is the seventh overall recruit that Auburn has lost since the coaching change – and fifth from the state of Georgia. The others:
Auburn has dwindled down to two recruits in Georgia, Milton DE Carl Lawson, and Harrison punter Jimmy Hutchinson. Lawson, ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN, is still committed to the Tigers but will visit other schools, including Clemson and Ole Miss.
What about AJ Jackson? He will take official visits to Florida State on Jan. 11 and to Ole Miss on Jan. 25.
For new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, this is to be expected when there’s any coaching change, although this is a larger number of de-commits than normal for this type of situation. Malzahn will likely regain recruiting momentum next month and finish with a respectable class.
RELATED: Lovejoy DB Tyrell Brown has gotten offers in the last few weeks from UAB, Presbyterian, South Carolina State, Shorter, Tennessee State, Virginia Union, Alabama A&M, and Tennessee-Chattanooga. Brown will visit UAB on Jan, 11.
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