AUBURN, Ala. — Every high school prospect handles the media differently.
Some will speak about a school’s recruiting board as a whole. Others will mention official visits. Certain players don’t want to talk about anything at all, even if they’re kind enough to accept an interview request.
And they’re rarely on the same page about the same topic — unless they’re Auburn commitments and the subject is which player the Tigers coaching staff should make a priority.
Ask any Auburn commitment that, and you’re likely to get the same answer: 4-star linebacker Kenney Britt — or “KJ,” as most of them call him.
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“Right now, it’d probably be KJ. We all like KJ. We all think he’s a really good player. He really is,” 4-star athlete Alaric Williams told SEC Country. “I’ve played against him the last two years, so I know what type of player he is. I know he’s a good player. I know a majority of us are talking to him right now.”
In a sense, that hypothetical question isn’t hypothetical at all to Auburn’s recruits. They already are in Britt’s ear.
Britt, from Oxford, Ala., will face off against Williams for the third straight season on Sept. 30, when Williams’ Southside (Ala.) High School hosts Britt and Oxford in a rivalry game.
That will give Auburn fans a fun chance to see a stud running back battle against a star linebacker in what could be foreshadowing for future team practices.
But Williams isn’t the only one staying on Britt about a potential commitment. With two linebacker spots to fill in the 2017 class, Auburn is looking for players to play alongside 4-star prospect Tadarian Moultry from Jackson-Olin High School in Birmingham, Ala., and 3-star prospect Chandler Wooten from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga.
Moultry and Wooten already have a close bond, and they agree on who they want to join their group.
“If I were to pick one person right now, I’d have to say my boy KJ,” Wooten said. “I want him to play with me and TD (Moultry). I think that would be a nasty combination.”
Moultry, not one to pressure another recruit, won’t tell anyone that they need to join the Auburn class. But he’s willing to list his remaining linebacker choices — leading with Britt.
“I don’t persuade nobody. The way you feel is where you need to go,” Moultry said. “But who I want beside me is KJ, Monty Rice and Tyler Taylor.”
Britt will be at the Auburn-Clemson game on Sept. 3 for an unofficial visit. At least 10 of Auburn’s commits will be there as well, so they’ll have a first-hand chance to sell Britt, if they so choose.
With roughly 10 spots to fill in the 2017 class, there are obviously several other names on the Tigers wish list (track upcoming In Plains Sight for this), but the consensus is: Britt is a good place to start.