In just three weeks, Auburn has positioned itself among Myles Sims’ top schools.
The rising 2018 safety from Atlanta picked up an offer from the Tigers on Feb. 20 when the program held a Junior Day event. Since then, first-year defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff, who recruits in Sims’ area, has led Auburn’s charge for the 6-foot-1 defensive back.
“I’m in contact with Coach McGriff almost every day,” said Sims, who also holds an offer from Kentucky. “They want me up there almost every weekend. It’s pretty strong (our relationship).”
Sims, who hails from Westlake High School — the former home to Auburn legend Cam Newton — plans to be in attendance for the Tigers’ spring game on April 9. He’ll head to The Plains to take in a few spring practices in the coming weeks, where he hopes to reconnect with McGriff and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
During his last unofficial trip to Auburn, Sims sat down with McGriff for a brief period of time to go over technique. The former NFL coach pulled tape of current Auburn signee Marlon Character, who starred at Grady High School, which isn’t far from Westlake, to compare the two prospects.
“We’re both big, and we’re both aggressive,” Sims said of the comparison.
Sims is one of a handful of defensive back targets McGriff is recruiting in the Atlanta area, and his familiarity with the state is already proving to be an asset for the Auburn coaching staff.
Despite only being in his role for less than two months, the man dubbed “Coach Crime Dog” carries clout among recruits.
“He’s coached at every level,” Sims said. “He knows what he needs to do in order for his defensive backs to get to the next level. I feel like if I’m coached under him, I can get to the next level.”
The Tigers are looking to retool in the secondary after signing just two defensive backs in the 2016 class.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite