Newly hired defensive coordinator Kevin Steele reeled in his first blue-chip prospect as Auburn aims to rebuild defensively.
On Wednesday, five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown announced his decision to commit to the Tigers.
He becomes the highest-rated prospect to commit to the program and the first five-star overall. Brown, the top prospect in Georgia, spurned Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi State in the process.
The U.S. Army All-American had been tight-lipped in recent weeks, particularly after a report surfaced just before his official visit to Tennessee. It indicated Brown had a final three schools in mind, Auburn included. His mother, Martha, later refuted the report.
The 6-foot-5, 317-pound senior from Buford, Ga., headlined a long list of official visitors to gather on The Plains the weekend of Jan. 15.
With his signature, Auburn adds to an already stellar recruiting class, one that includes notable four-stars Antwuan Jackson (defensive tackle) and Marlon Davidson (defensive end). Coach Gus Malzahn has also secured signatures from other notable defensive lineman, including four-star defensive end Paul James, one of the top junior college prospects in the country.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite