Auburn has already landed one gem from Lanier High School.
Lanier (Buford, Ga.) is the high school home of Tigers freshman Derrick Brown. Auburn scored big when it signed the 5-star defensive lineman last recruiting cycle, and the Tigers are hoping to find more good fortune at the metro Atlanta high school.
This time, Auburn hopes it comes in the form of 4-star linebacker Tyler Taylor who we told you a couple weeks ago has Auburn among his top group.
Brown could be a big player in helping lure in the big-time linebacker talent. A grade apart, the two only hung out on occasion outside of football. But on the field, the tandem created a strong connection leading the Longhorn’s front seven.
“Football-wise we were real close,” Taylor told SEC Country. “We had a close bond on the football field.”
That on-field friendship has transitioned into a recruiting-trail mentorship.
Brown went through the process of a Georgia product choosing an out-of-state SEC rival. And while Taylor hasn’t made his mind up about leaving the state — or even close to it — he’s thankful for the opportunity to have these types of conversations from a major prospect who knows what he’s enduring.
The two stay in close communication.
“He usually tries to call me before games or after one of my games. I’ll call him the night before one of his games,” Taylor said. “We talk probably once or twice a week.”
So what does Brown say?
It’s not “come to Auburn, or else,” that’s for sure. Brown wants to feed Taylor the truth, and Taylor sees that. When fans, coaches and players come at a recruit so regularly, it’s easy for prospects to pick up on fact versus fiction.
When Taylor talks to his former teammate, he knows he’s getting Brown’s legitimate opinion on his early stint in Auburn. For the Tigers, that makes for a helpful sales pitch.
“When we talk about Auburn, I can tell it comes easy to him. He really likes it. Some people try to make it seem like it’s better than what it really is. He gives it to me 100 percent,” Taylor said. “Sometimes, we won’t even talk about football. He’ll just talk to me as a mentor.”
Taylor joins KJ Britt, Will Ignont and Monty Rice as the favorites to fill the last two Auburn linebackers spots. If three of the four wanted to come to Auburn, the Tigers might find a way to make that work too.
But like Taylor said last month, this is going to be the “hardest decision” of his life. He really doesn’t know how he’s going to decide, though he said his mother’s instincts will be a factor. Right now, she likes the Tigers.
“You’re going to get the best football, best education, the coaches really care for you,” Taylor said.
Auburn LB commit might take visits, but has shut his recruitment down
Tadarian Moultry’s priorities are clear.
Last time we talked about his recruitment, Moultry chose to offer a quote he saw on social media that had nothing to do with football: “You can’t think about plan B because it takes away from plan A.” In this case, plan B is college football. Plan A is his high school season.
At Jackson-Olin, Moultry’s goals are championship or bust. He said every half the defense goes into, it’s trying to go “0 and 0,” meaning he wants to shutout the opposing offense every quarter. When it doesn’t happen, it makes Moultry angry.
And, trust me, you don’t want to make Moultry angry.
Still, the Jackson-Olin squad has played well to start the season. The Mustangs are 2-1 and have only given up 26 points all season. And that’s where Moultry’s focus is — and that’s where it will continue to be.
“I’ve got to keep thinking about my team, my school where I’m at before I get there,” Moultry said.
It’s not anything against Auburn, far from it. That’s just how Moultry is wired. He stays loyal and true to the moment and his team.
That loyalty to the squad has carried over to the Tigers, despite his full attention on the high school season. But what he certainly doesn’t want is other programs continuing to try to steal his services at the next level.
“I don’t want no chase. I’m all about the grind. I don’t want nobody chasing me. I don’t want no fame. I don’t want to put myself on social media, that’s why I don’t put my offers on Facebook or Twitter. It gives you the wrong attention,” Moultry told SEC Country. “I don’t want them chasing me. I’m committed here. I’m glad I’m committed here. I’m happy nobody else is going to recruit me because I shut it down myself.”
Moultry, like fellow commit Malcolm Askew, will take a backup plan visit to Cal at some point. He might check out Missouri and Florida with his family too. But he has no intention of need a plan B in this case. By then, Auburn will be his plan A.
What’s your pitch?
We debuted this brief section a week or so ago, when Askew gave his interesting anti-Tide take on why Auburn recruits should pick the Plains.
This “what’s your pitch?” section is intended to give readers a glance at how commitments try to sell other recruits in the process. It should be noted, most recruits admit they want what’s best for their fellow recruit’s life, future and career.
But they build friendships they want to carry over to the college football field, so they come up with various strategies to do their own recruiting. Since we just gave you an update on Moultry, here’s what he says:
“I don’t persuade nobody. The way you feel is where you need to go. But if you’re a family person, come here. If you believe in a coach, come here. It’s not one thing that we don’t have that another school does. Great coaching staff, great environment. We have championships, and we’re going to get more.”