AUBURN, Ala. — Whatever the circumstances, Auburn is down to 19 commitments in the 2017 recruiting class.
Octavius Matthews told SEC Country on Thursday that he has de-committed from Auburn. As Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports first reported, this may have been a decision on the Tigers’ end. Either way, Matthews was already beginning to explore other options.
He took an official visit to Purdue last weekend. Matthews said he “may” take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend, though the Volunteers already accepted a running back commit earlier in the week. As of now, Matthews said Purdue and Kansas are the favorites at this time.
Matthews’ de-commitment gives Auburn two running back commits in the 2017 class — 4-star prospects Devan Barrett and Alaric Williams. The No. 1 athlete in the junior college ranks won’t join them.
That Matthews decision drops the Tigers a few composite score points, but they remain at No. 8 in the team rankings with a narrow edge over Texas A&M. It’s unlikely Auburn attempts to add another running back late in this class, aside from the fact most of the top options are already decided.
Matthews has been curious case for months now. He announced his plans to take official visits to Kansas and Western Kentucky. Not to slight those programs, but it’s not often Auburn commits take official visits to those places. He also had grade concerns, which forced his planned enrollment back a semester already.
Matthews flipped to Auburn from Louisville on June 6.