Auburn received momentous news Tuesday when 4-star safety Quindarious Monday committed to the Tigers during his visit.
The Carver (Ga.) talent chose Auburn over Clemson, Georgia, Florida and others. It moved Auburn up 10 spots in the rankings and set the Tigers up for an eventful few weeks.
Here are five things you should know about Auburn’s newest commitment.
1. Everyone calls him ‘Smoke’
His name is Quindarious Monday, which is an awesome name in its own right. But if you go to to a Carver High (Ga.) football game, you likely won’t hear anyone call him that. They’ll call him “Smoke.”
Because of his speed. Since he was a kid, Monday had a tendency to be faster than everyone else his age. That hasn’t changed much as he’s aged despite the fact he now stands 6-foot-3.
2. His favorite player is Sean Taylor
Check out Monday’s Twitter bio: “Carver high school DB career ender.”
Does that remind you of another legendary safety’s defensive mentality? If it doesn’t, scan down another line: “LongLiveSeanTaylor I destroy wide receiver and running backs for entertainment.”
I can vouch for this. I’ve seen Monday first hand, and he truly brings the boom. He doesn’t just honor the late Miami great safety with his play, though. He’s also got some pretty sweet kicks.
— Benjamin Wolk (@benjaminwolk) May 20, 2017
3. He fills a major need for Auburn
Auburn has some work left to do in the 2018 recruiting class, but there are a few position groups that can suffer some misses this cycle. Safety isn’t one of those positions.
The Tigers are in need of safety depth for the 2017 season, so just imagine how concerning the situation could be in 2018 with a weak safety class. Monday fixes that problem in a big way.
I had one Auburn staff member tell me that Monday might be the biggest commitment possible, at this time, because of the desperation at safety. Plus, he’s got an alpha dog mentality that any big-time college football coach would want.
4. He plays on same 7-on-7 team as Justin Fields
Monday stars for the Cam Newton 7v7 squad.
That matters because he’s teammates and friends with the new No. 1 prospect in the nation — 5-star quarterback Justin Fields — as well as 4-star wide receiver Kearis Jackson. Both of those prospects will be at Auburn on Wednesday, so the timing of Monday’s decision is quite welcome on the Tigers’ end.
Before Monday left Tuesday, he’s already reached out to a group chat with Fields, Jackson and others to let them know of his decision.
That has to be positive momentum for Auburn heading into Wednesday and beyond.
5. He was going to commit to another school this month until …
… Auburn stole him away.
Monday told SEC Country that, as recently as last week, his plan was to take a visit to Auburn, a visit to Georgia and then a visit to Clemson on July 21. He expected that visit to Clemson to be the end of his recruitment. He’d grown up a Clemson fan, and that’s where he thought he’d commit in 10 days.
But the Auburn visit reminded him why he’d called those Tigers his leader for so long. He figured there was no sense in waiting — or even taking those other two visits. He’s with the Tigers, after all, just not necessarily the one everyone expected.