AUBURN, Ala. — Kolbi Fuqua confirmed what he has known for a while: He wants to be an Auburn Tiger.
The 3-star athlete, who Auburn projects as a wide receiver, returned to campus for the school’s A-Day game. Fuqua had listed Auburn as his leader for a few weeks, and on Saturday, he decided to make the decision public.
He committed to Auburn.
“I committed today. … I just loved the family down here. I love the way the coaches treat the players. I love the surroundings. It reminds me of home,” Fuqua said. “I didn’t know when I first came here, but like I said, I’d kinda known all along. Shoot, it was about 30 minutes ago to be honest. … I knew a while back, but I just wanted to make up my mind.”
Herb Hand was Fuqua’s area recruiter, but he has grown close with wide receivers coach Kodi Burns, as well. When he went into the coaches’ offices shortly before leaving campus, he let them know he’d made up his mind. He didn’t want to wait any longer.
Their reaction was as expected.
“They loved it. They were excited,” Fuqua said. “They just always say that we’re family, that they take care of their own.”
The 6-foot-2, 209-pound receiver didn’t need much convincing, but the spring game told him everything he needed to know.
Fuqua took in the contest and enjoyed what most of the Tigers’ fan base did. He liked the new-look Chip Lindsey offense that spread the ball downfield more. Fuqua also noted that Jarrett Stidham changed the way he viewed the wide receiver position at Auburn.
“I like the new offense that coach Lindsey put in and stuff. I liked. He passed the ball a lot. That’s something I really enjoy,” Fuqua said. “I loved the new quarterback. He can throw.”
Auburn beat out Florida State and Mississippi State for Fuqua.
He was Auburn’s second commitment on the day, joining offensive lineman Kameron Stutts. With both commitments, Auburn now has six players committed in the 2018 class — Fuqua, Stutts, Joey Gatewood, Shaun Shivers, Jalil Irvin and Daquan Newkirk.
The Tigers moved up to No. 13 in the 247Sports composite team rankings, which is third in the SEC.