Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Thursday, and SEC Country caught up with defensive end Jaren Handy to update Auburn’s status among his leaders.
Jaren Handy wants to stay patient with decision
Jaren Handy wants to take a step back.
It’s been a busy few months for the defensive end from Mississippi. Handy committed and de-committed from LSU earlier this spring, wishing to slow down the process. After his Auburn visit, he labeled those Tigers as his No. 1 school. But he’s started taking more visits to places such as Ole Miss and Alabama, and he realizes he doesn’t want to name leaders on a regular basis throughout his recruitment.
“I don’t want to change it every time I visit a different school, so I don’t want to name a leader. Everyone is equal. This is my first time experiencing all of this, so everything is going to look pretty good,” Handy told SEC Country.
That doesn’t take away from the love he has for Auburn.
His relationship with area recruiter Marcus Woodson is still one of the strongest in the country.
He has several close connections at Ole Miss, too, and the in-state pull is there. Handy also takes this step back coming off his Alabama visit. The Crimson Tide impressed the 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive end. Along with potentially Florida, Handy said those three programs are the likeliest to receive official visits.
His decision to eliminate leaders from his recruitment isn’t meant to be a knock on the Tigers, simply a different approach to his process.
“I just had to think on it some more. I don’t want to put a team over another team and then go to another school and feel better about them than I did with Auburn. I’m just going to wait it out now,” Handy said.
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