A trio of Auburn coaches visited a key target on Wednesday.
Coach Gus Malzahn, wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig and assistant coach Scott Fountain gathered at the home of four-star receiver Ahmmon Richards, whom the Tigers have courted heavily since they last hosted him in November.
The last time Malzahn had face-to-face contact with the U.S. Army All-American spawned the mid-week trek from Alabama to Florida.
“That’s why they did the in-home today,” said Richards, the No. 28 receiver in the country. “Coach Malzahn was glad he could come by tonight because he knows it’s been about two months since. . You know, two months, he felt like he was kind of out of the picture. He was just real happy to get in here and give me his sales pitch.”
The visit on Wednesday marked the third time in less than three weeks that Richards has met with a member of the Auburn staff. Fountain checked in with him following his official visit to Miami on Jan. 15, and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee did so again a few days later.
Needless to say, Richards, along with four-star Nate Craig-Myers, is on a short list of receiver targets the Tigers are pursuing with the finish line in sight. Tre Nixon, whom Auburn was also recruiting heavily, committed to Ole Miss on Monday.
In turn, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound standout from West Palm Beach feels he’s become more of a priority.
“I still think I’m high,” Richards said. “Coach Malzahn himself thinks I’m a top five player overall in the class. He’s been watching my film and recruiting me for a while. I would say I’m pretty high on their list.
“They told me I’m a player that can contribute right away given their depth at receiver. They’re really high on me. That’s one thing I like.”
Richards has already taken official visits to Auburn (Nov. 27), Miami (Jan. 15) and Alabama (Jan. 22). A majority of predictions peg him signing with either Miami or Alabama, according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, which aggregates predictions from reporters across the country.
But according to Richards, every school is even.
“(Auburn) made up some ground,” Richards said. “It was an overall great visit, but everything is still even.”
He plans to announce on Wednesday at noon on ESPNU.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite