AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn is known for its recruiting territory of Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The Tigers typically only step outside of that coverage area for prospects they see as elite-level talents.
For Big Cat Weekend, Auburn only hosted one official visitor: Nick Cross from Maryland.
Cross knew when he heard from Auburn coaches about an official visit that he needed to take a trip to the Plains. It’s not often coaches from the Southeastern Conference make their way to Maryland in search of top defensive backs.
“Just because [safeties] Coach [Greg] Brown and the staff expressed interest in me. As a kid up north, you don’t see them come up north too often. They offered me an official, so I wanted to take it and test out the environment,” Cross said. “It definitely raised their chances. It exceeded my expectation of what it would be. Auburn’s definitely got a shot.”
Cross’ official visit intersected with Big Cat Weekend. He had his own schedule somewhat separate from the event, but he took part in some of those festivities, as well.
Cross felt that helped Auburn’s chances because it allowed him to see coaches and players in a different light than he’s seen at other universities.
“It’s just the family environment,” Cross said. “I never talked to assistants as much as I do here. The GAs and assistants are all great people to hang out with. The players carry themselves very well. It was nice to see the players and how they carry themselves.”
This marked the second official visit for the DeMatha Cathloic (Md.) safety. He had already been to Florida. Cross will return to the state of Alabama next weekend to check out the Crimson Tide. The week after that he’ll be back down south again for an official visit to Florida State.
Those are the four schools to keep an eye on right now.
He would like to make a decision before his senior season.
If Auburn has a chance, which Cross is adamant it does, it’ll be because of the relationship and national acclaim.
“Big stage. The SEC West is the best conference in college football. They send a lot of players to the league. It’s a great environment. It should be good football. I just want something different than what I’m used to seeing up north,” Cross said. “Auburn’s definitely there with some of the top schools.”