Dameyune Craig’s sudden departure to LSU over the weekend could prove costly for Auburn on the recruiting trail.
Craig, who served as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach from 2013-15, was one of Auburn’s top recruiters and was largely responsible for securing three four-star receivers in the Class of 2016. The group included notable Under Armour All-American standouts Nate Craig-Myers and Eli Stove, both of whom were rated among the top 20 receivers in the country, and Kyle Davis, who ranked in the top 10.
But his absence will have no bearing on the recruitment of four-star receiver Nico Collins. The in-state target from Clay-Chalkvile High School still views Auburn in the same light.
“My interest is still the same for Auburn,” said Collins, who is rated the No. 11 receiver in the country in 2017. “They’re still a great school to go to and they still have a great football team.”
Running backs coach Tim Horton and, coincidentally, Craig, served as Collins’ primary recruiters.
“(Craig) recruited me very hard there,” said Collins. “He wanted me down there almost every weekend.”
Craig’s replacement, Kodi Burns, was formally announced as the Tigers co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach on Monday. The former running backs coach at Arizona State and one-time Auburn signee is expected to make contact with Collins in the coming weeks.
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