AUBURN, Ala. — A back injury last fall sidelined running back Trey Sermon for a majority of his junior season.
But the four-star prospect from Marietta, Ga., said a constant remained throughout his recovery — the support from Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton, who kept in continuous contact with him.
“It was a pretty big deal because it shows he just genuinely cares about me,” said Sermon, who visited Auburn over the weekend for the program’s Junior Day event. Saturday’s visit was his first since last spring, but he’s maintained a strong relationship with the Tigers through Horton.
“He came by to see my quite a few times,” Sermon said of Horton. “Really, he just said I’m a priority for him and he would love to coach me.”
Sermon, who is now participating in drills since being cleared from his injury, spoke at length with coach Gus Malzahn and Horton throughout the duration of his trip. Re-establishing his connection on campus and with the staff, Sermon said, was the goal of his visit.
“I really wanted to get back on campus and get a feel for the place because I haven’t been here since spring practice (of last year),” Sermon said. “I got a great impression from them. Everything went well in talking with Coach Malzahn and Coach Horton.”
The Tigers signed one running back in February in three-star prospect Malik Miller, who enrolled in January, and the position will be of importance in 2017. Sermon is one of a handful of prospects Auburn is targeting in this recruiting cycle, including four-star running backs Cam Akers, Cordarrian Richardson and Adarius Lemons.
Sermon conceded his early favorites are Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ohio State and Auburn, and his visit this past Saturday could be the first of a handful to come.
The 6-foot-1, 206-pounder is rated as the nation’s No. 10 running back in 2017 and the No. 13 overall prospect in the state of Georgia.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite