One constant has remained between Auburn and Rashan Gary.
That would be Tigers defensive line coach Rodney Garner, whom Gary, the top-rated prospect in the country, has aligned with most among the coaching staff.
“That’s a guy throughout all of the coaching changes remained with the team,” said Gary, who was in Atlanta on Thursday to receive the 2015 Bobby Dodd National Lineman of the Year Award.
“He has always kept it real with me. My mom also really likes him.”
The five-star defensive tackle from Paramus, N.J., visited with coach Gus Malzahn and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele hours before he was scheduled to attend the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s annual awards banquet.
“It went good,” Gary said of the visit. “We just talked about where they stand with me and where I stand with them. Things like that.”
Gary also spoke with current Auburn defensive end Byron Cowart, the former No. 1 prospect in 2015.
“I just talked to him an hour ago,” Gary said of the conversation. “He was on his way to workouts but he said he’d call me later so we can really chat it up.”
Auburn remains in the fold for Gary, who is also considering Clemson, Alabama, Ole Miss and Michigan. Days ago, he announced he would officially visit Clemson over Alabama this weekend.
A final decision on his future will be made soon after, according to his mother, Jennifer Coney.
“We’re going to go over this Sunday,” Coney said. “It’s going to be our own war room.”
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite