AUBURN, Ala. — Quindarious Monday had a feeling he’d be a Tiger. He just wasn’t sure which one.
Auburn had always been one of Monday’s top schools, but a recent offer from his childhood favorite, Clemson, made it a tough decision. He set up a list of visits he planned to take, starting with Auburn, then Georgia, then Clemson on July 21. He even thought that his July 21 visit could result in a commitment.
So, Monday even surprised himself a little when he decided to commit to Auburn during his visit on Tuesday.
“I’m an Auburn Tiger,” Monday said, beaming as he left his visit. “When you know, you know. I knew. It feels like home every time I get down here. It’s just another home away from home. I’m a part of the family now. I’m 100 percent Auburn. When I come down here, I feel totally different. It’s a real home.”
How much is 100 percent? Monday doesn’t expect to take those visits to Georgia and Clemson now.
That’s a big change of heart from earlier in the month when he planned on committing to the other Tigers. But his visit to Auburn on Tuesday solidified everything.
“I was going to commit to Clemson on the 21st, but I saw what coach [Kevin] Steele had to say. They really brought it out of me,” Monday said. “Most coaches are not going to keep it real with you like that. They told me the real life of recruiting. Coach Steele is the only one that did that. It really touched me.”
On top of his personal conversations with Steele, Monday spent most of his day with coach Gus Malzahn. Monday wasn’t used to that kind of head coach involvement on a recruiting visit. Even Kristi Malzahn joined in on the day, which was another indication to Monday and his family that Auburn was the place to be.
The day ended with Malzahn eating dinner in his office with Monday and his parents. Malzahn asked Monday’s parents their favorite part of the visit. They said how comfortable they felt leaving their son with this coaching staff.
Then Malzahn asked Monday the same question. He gave Malzahn the best answer he could imagine.
“I said, ‘Me committing.’ He said, ‘Are you for real?’ He was so excited. He went and told the coaches in the meeting room. They came in piped up. Offensive coaches came in. Kevin Steele was just really happy. My mom cried. Mrs. Kristi, I think she really [does] love me. That’ll be my mother when I’m down there,” Monday said. “I’ve been with Coach Gus the whole day. They don’t just do that. This place is special.”
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety becomes Auburn’s eighth commitment in the 2018 recruiting class and fills a major need for the Tigers at safety. With the 4-star’s commitment, Auburn moves to No. 43 in the team rankings.
It’s worth noting that Monday plays for the same Cam Newton 7v7 team as Justin Fields and Kearis Jackson, who will visit Auburn on Wednesday.