Several Auburn targets and commits have been anxiously awaiting a decision on who the program would bring in to replace former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.
That search took a few weeks but it was resolved on Thursday when Gus Malzahn announced former LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele would succeed Muschamp following Auburn’s win over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl.
Steele just recently completed his first year as LSU’s defensive coordinator after serving as the linebackers coach at Alabama the year prior.
SEC Country reached out to Auburn commits and targets for their reaction of the news.
Marlon Character, three-star safety, Atlanta, Ga., Committed: “Great pickup for them. Great coach as well. I look forward to meeting him.”
Markail Benton, four-star linebacker, Phenix City, Ala., Undecided: “I think he will fit right in at Auburn. I’ve talked to him a couple of times while he was at Alabama as the linebackers coach and while he was the defensive coordinator at LSU.”
Antwuan Jackson, four-star defensive tackle, Ellenwood, Ga., Committed: “I can’t wait to meet him and to get ready for next year’s season.”
David Marshall, three-star defensive end, Thomaston, Ga., Committed: “I don’t know anything about him. I’ll have to meet him.”
Chandler Wooten, three-star outside linebacker, Kennesaw, Ga., Undecided: “I think that is a great move. I know he’s a good coach and that might open many recruits’ eyes.”
Tray Bishop, four-star athlete, Dawson, Ga., Undecided: “That should be a good move for the Tigers. Maybe some things can change now.”