Had it not been for his mother, Tavyn Jackson may have already been an Auburn Tiger.
The three-star cornerback admitted he would have committed on the spot during his unofficial visit to the Plains earlier in the month if it weren’t for his mother’s advice.
“If it was up to me, and me and my mom hadn’t talked about it before, I probably would have just committed at the school,” said Jackson, who resides in Tallahassee, Fla.
Since then, however, Jackson has broadened his horizons. Florida, Florida State and Mississippi State are among his early favorites, though Auburn is still his front-runner. But Jackson is adamant that the gap has closed between the Tigers and other programs.
He visited Florida over the weekend.
“At first it was more than anybody,” Jackson said of Auburn’s lead. “That was the school I was going to go to. I was going to commit. But it’s not as (big of a lead) now that I’ve taken other visits and spoke with other coaches.”
But no visit has stuck out quite like Jackson’s trek to Auburn earlier in the month. The small-town feel coupled with his relationship with the players made for a worthwhile visit.
“When you go to a college and talk to the players one-on-one, they kind of tell you how it is,” Jackson said. “Some tell you the truth and some don’t. But (Auburn players) told me the truth.
“I can honestly see myself going there for the next three to four years.”
Defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff has led Auburn’s charge for Jackson. The first-year coach extended an offer to Jackson shortly after his arrival. Since then, both sides communicate almost daily.
“We talk every other day,” Jackson said of McGriff. “He’s a good coach. I enjoy him. From Day 1, since he offered me, we’ve just been talking and getting to know each other.”
Jackson is expecting McGriff and wide receivers coach Kodi Burns to visit him in May.