AUBURN, Ala. — Jaylin Simpson‘s second spring Auburn visit proved to be enough.
The 4-star cornerback from Frederica Academy (Ga.) took a family trip over the weekend with his mother, high school coach and teammate Jashawn Sheffield. Simpson, who hinted at this as a possibility on his initial Auburn visit, committed to the Tigers’ staff on Saturday to become the fifth pledge in the Class of 2019.
Simpson made his commitment public on Monday with Auburn beating out Clemson, Florida State, South Carolina, Miami and others.
“I committed. I’m 1000 percent committed to Auburn,” Simpson said. “I had a great visit. It was my second visit here. My family felt it was a great place for me. I talked it over with them, and we’re all pretty confident. This is the place for us.”
Simpson plays multiple positions for his south Georgia high school. He has lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back and has played a role in special teams. Auburn likes him as a cornerback with the ability to play safety — the second corner to commit in the 2019 class alongside Mobile-area commit Cordale Flott.
With Simpson’s commitment, Auburn moves up seven spots to No. 25 in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings.
Simpson’s announcement sparks a what is expected to be a busy few days in Auburn recruiting. It remains possible Simpson’s high school teammate Jashawn Sheffield — who is also with family on an Auburn visit — commits to the Tigers sometime in the near future. Grayson (Ga.) high school teammates Owen Pappoe (Georgia or Auburn) and Wanya Morris (Tennessee or Auburn) will commit to their schools of choice on Tuesday.
Simpson and Sheffield have a recruiting-circuit friendship with both of those prospects.
Simpson ranks as the nation’s No. 28 athlete and No. 319 overall prospect in the country. He’s the 33rd-ranked player in the state of Georgia in the 247Sports composite rankings.