AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn scored its first commitment in the 2019 class from Hoover (Ala.) wide receiver George Pickens.
The 6-foot-5, 195-pound receiver has been a regular visitor on the Plains throughout the spring and summer. On Friday, he returned for a day-long visit and — as he expected to do when he arrived — told the Tigers’ coaching staff he wished to commit to the Tigers.
“They were very happy. Coach (Gus) Malzahn was like, ‘Are you serious?'” Pickens said. “I’m very glad that I just committed to Auburn. Auburn is a great campus. I feel really good about the school I chose. I feel very comfortable around here.”
Pickens plays for the same high school as Shedrick Jackson who committed to the 2018 class earlier this summer.
But Pickens’ familiarity with the Tigers goes deeper than that. His older brother, Chris Humes, played at Arkansas State and crossed paths with Malzahn during his one season as head coach. Pickens didn’t need to see anymore to confirm his commitment.
“I know literally everybody. I know everybody,” Pickens said. “I felt very comfortable with it. I came down here multiple times and felt great about the school. That’s what made me really commit. I love Auburn. It’s great, great people. It’s great, great facilities. Everybody around is really, really nice.”
Pickens marks Auburn’s first commitment in the 2019 class. He’s ranked the No. 19 wide receiver and the No. 107 overall prospect by the 247Sports composite.