Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Monday, and 5-star cornerback Andrew Booth recaps his most recent visit to campus.
AUBURN, Ala. — For a 5-star prospect, Andrew Booth sure knows how to fly under the radar.
The Archer (Ga.) cornerback doesn’t attend many national camps in search of recruiting service attention. He won’t pride himself on his performances at any of those events, if he happens to attend. Booth understands football is an 11-on-11 sport, and it’s in that arena that his football success truly matters.
Booth’s mentality is a big reason why he has emerged as the nation’s No. 1 cornerback.
It’s that mindset that has Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee fighting for Booth’s commitment.
“College coaches just like my swag, just how I play the position,” Booth said. “I don’t play it like any other corner. We play different. I step out different. I’m not afraid of anybody, but God, of course. It’s that confidence I step out with every night. They like my personality, my physicality, how I play the DB position, my football smarts.”
When it comes to Booth’s recruitment, he doesn’t make much known publicly.
He estimated he’d been to Auburn three or four times this spring, but outside of one Twitter post — which he published a month later — Booth hasn’t said much about his Plains visits. For that reason, Auburn has been spun as a team on the outside for the 5-star cornerback, with teams such as Clemson and Florida State ahead of the Tigers.
Booth said that’s not the case at all.
“Auburn is definitely involved. It’s definitely relationships, the family feel. You know, every year, they’re going to be in the talk for championships,” Booth said. “Auburn is definitely one of the tops.”
The Auburn visit came at a particularly interesting time given the buzz earlier in the week.
Five-star linebacker Owen Pappoe committed to the Tigers at the beginning of the week. Pappoe and Booth have a close friendship, and Pappoe made it clear already that Booth will be one of his top recruiting targets. It took less than a week for the Tigers to get Booth and his entire family on campus for a visit.
Here’s Booth interpretation of how Pappoe’s commitment helps the Tigers for him.
“It helps, but at the end of the day, we’re two different guys,” Booth said. “But you know, his position helps my position, and I help his. At the end of the day, it comes down to what’s best for me. He told me to do what’s best for you, but you know what it is.”
Booth would like to have a college decision before the start of his senior season. That decision could be made next week. Or it could be a week before the season. The latter is slightly more likely, but Booth is unpredictable and admitted he didn’t even know he was going on his Auburn visit until 1 a.m. the day before, so anything is possible.
He plans to make it back to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend on June 2.
“It was beautiful. I liked it a lot. Relationships were definitely built,” Booth said. “I got to watch film. I got to chop it a lot with coaches, everybody.”
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