As Tyree Owens indicated last week, it wouldn’t take long for him to make his choice once he made a Texas A&M visit.
That decision timeline expedited to the fullest extent Saturday when he arrived in College Station, Texas. It was good news for Texas A&M, but bad news for the Auburn Tigers: the 3-star defensive end from Copiah-Lincoln C.C. selected the Aggies over the Tigers on Saturday, during pregame festivities prior to the Tennessee game.
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Owens made his Auburn visit two weeks ago for the nutty finish against LSU. He referred to the Tigers as a “top school” following the trip, which wasn’t a change from when he received his scholarship offer during the summer.
But the Aggies scored the commitment with the last stab on the official visit trail.
“It’s really just an amazing place. It’s a great atmosphere football-wise,” Owens said on Sept. 25. “I had people sitting there telling me as I’m waiting for coach (Gus) Malzahn to come in for the Tiger Walk, ‘Oh, we need you.’ They already knew who I was. It was just crazy.”
“The two that are definitely leading the pack would be A&M and Auburn.”
He hinted then that the allure of Texas A&M’s stadium would be a tough experience to top.
“The fans are big for me. I’d love to have a huge fan group, people to back me,” Owens said. “Their stadium holds 105,000 people in the stadium. I know their fan group must be just crazy.”
For Auburn, it continues a vacancy on the defensive line. The Tigers have yet to snag a defensive line commitment in the 2017 class. Owens’ pick will allow Tigers coaches to shift their attention elsewhere and to players with later decision dates.
The Tigers will be heavily focused on 4-star Ryan Johnson, 4-star LaBryan Ray and 4-star JUCO Isaiah Buggs. If there is one position group Auburn’s defense can afford some patience, it’s the defensive line — a group that has Rodney Garner rotating double-digit bodies.
The Aggies landed their third defensive lineman in the class. Owens joins a crew that includes 3-star tackle Jayden Peevy and 3-star ends Tyree Johnson and Ondario Robinson. A&M moves to the No. 10 overall recruiting class in the country, the fourth-best in the SEC.
Auburn remains the No. 15 class in the nation, behind seven other SEC programs.