Octavius Matthews clearly was impressed during his visit to Auburn during Big Cat Weekend.
Matthews, the No. 1 junior college running back nationally in the Class of 2017, has committed to Auburn, according to 247Sports.com. The three-star prospect spent last season playing for Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss.
Matthews was originally committed to Louisville but received an offer from Auburn during his visit this weekend. The talented tailback said Louisville was still his top choice on Saturday. But clearly, Matthews had a change of heart.
— Octavius M… (@octaviusmatthe1) June 5, 2016
Another major factor in his decision might have been Tigers running back Jovon Robinson, who gave Matthews a personal tour of the campus. Robinson was also the top junior college running back in the Class of 2015.
“As soon as I got here, he basically treated me like a brother,” Matthews told SEC Country. “He asked me, ‘Do you want to stay here or go with me?’ And he didn’t even give me time to answer. He just said, ‘Come on, you’re going with me. I’m going to show you around.’ He took me back to his dorm and really treated me like a brother.
“Instead of me just seeing (the campus) by myself, I got to see it with him. He showed me his school, and I really liked that. He knows everything around here, so he showed me too.”
Matthews gives Auburn seven commitments in its 2017 class.