AUBURN, Ala. — Despite wavering on his commitment from Auburn in May, Nate Craig-Myers has always felt welcomed by the Tigers.
His return visit on the Plains over the weekend — his first since the summer — only reaffirmed his belief.
“That’s one thing good about Auburn, that’s one of the pros in this situation,” Craig-Myers told SEC Country. “You come up here, nothing ever changes. It’s always the same feeling. Even when I de-committed, when I came back it still felt like I was a part of the family.”
Added Myers: “It felt good to come back. I haven’t been up here in almost a year or so. Just coming back up here and touching base, really getting to sit down with the coaches and being able to come up on an official visit when the season’s not in, it’s more confidential because you actually get one-on-one time with the coaches.”
The four-star receiver from Tampa, Fla., said the visit was an opportunity to become acclimated with other players, including several early enrollees. Both coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee preached to him the importance of being comfortable.
But Auburn’s offensive brain trust was also vocal about how he fits into the program’s future. Craig-Myers would certainly bolster the program’s depth at the receiver position, as the Tigers will be without seniors Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray heading into 2016.
“They were telling me I’m on the top of the list of the guys that they need,” Craig-Myers said. “I can be one of the marquee guys who come in and play right away because they need guys.”
If Craig-Myers were to re-commit to Auburn, he would join fellow four-star and early enrollee Kyle Davis. The two have grown close throughout the recruiting process, and Craig-Myers said Davis continues to recruit him aggressively.
“We call each other the one-two punch,” Craig-Myers said. “That’s my guy. We talk a lot. He tells me to come to Auburn so we can start something.”
With Craig-Myers’ potential signature, the Tigers will have secured commitments from three four-star receivers, Eli Stove (Niceville, Fla.) included, a testament to receivers coach Dameyune Craig’s recruiting efforts.
Craig-Myers has maintained a positive relationship with the third-year coach even in light of his de-commitment.
“That’s my guy, that’s my uncle,” Craig-Myers said when asked about Craig. “He’s always on me. He’s probably one of the coaches that stays on me. That’s a big thing that I need … coming somewhere where you’re wanted not needed. Auburn makes me feel that way. Coach Craig has been developing guys not only into great football players, but into great men as well.”
Craig-Myers is scheduled to take his final official visit of the fall to Ole Miss on Jan. 29. He anticipates making a decision between Auburn, UNC, Florida State and Ole Miss on Feb. 3.
“Out of those schools, it can always mix up,” Craig-Myers said. “Either of those schools can fit at any position. Once I take that last official to Ole Miss, I’ll definitely have things figured out with my decision.”
Craig-Myers is rated at the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver and Florida’s No. 8 prospect in this year’s class.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite