Martha Brown wanted her son to soak in his official visit to Tennessee over the weekend before making a decision.
But on Tuesday, five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown conceded he had already made up his mind.
Twenty-four hours later, Georgia’s top-rated prospect committed to Auburn over Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi State, effectively giving coach Gus Malzahn and staff their fourth consecutive top-10 recruiting class.
“My relationship I have with the coaching staff down there is excellent and I felt like, last night, just sitting around talking to my parents, that I found that was the place for me,” Brown said of his decision on ESPN2.
Brown continued: “I think that for the next three to four years that it’s going to be a great to watch Auburn football. That’s why I made this decision.”
The 6-foot-4, 317-pound standout from Buford, Ga., has been recruited aggressively by coach Gus Malzahn and defensive line coach Rodney Garner for a little over two years, per the fourth-year head coach.
The Brown residence played host to the Tigers coaching staff on several occasions in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day. Last Thursday, Malzahn and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele met with Brown and his family just before they were scheduled to visit Tennessee.
That kind of relentless pursuit paid off handsomely for Auburn days later.
“I thought it was big that we signed the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia,” Malzahn said of the importance of signing Brown.
“I think it’s the first time in school history we did that. Georgia is very important to our success. Almost half of our players are from Georgia. That will give us great momentum for the future with that.”
Brown joins a handful of other talented defensive linemen to have signed with the Tigers, including four-star defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson, a U.S. Army All-American. Auburn secured five defensive lineman rated four stars or higher in this year’s recruiting cycle.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite