Shortly after Steve Spurrier’s resignation, Marlon Character’s commitment to the Gamecocks was cloudy at best.
On Monday, Character, a 3-star safety from Grady High School (Atlanta, Ga.), flipped his commitment from South Carolina to Auburn.
“The deciding factor on flipping to Auburn was just talking to the coaching staff one more time and talking to my family over and over again,” Character told SEC Country. “They were just letting me know how big of a change it was going to be, so they wanted to make sure I would be comfortable with it. I feel absolutely 100 percent comfortable with it. I feel like this is right.”
Ever since Spurrier left the program, Character has wavered on whether or not he wanted to leave the Gamecocks’ program.
He finally made his decision to flip to Auburn this past Friday, his father, Marlon, Sr., told SEC Country. He said his son just wanted to take the weekend to think over his decision one last time before making his announcement.
“Marlon is one of those very loyal people, so he didn’t want to de-commit and jump ship right as it happened, as coach Spurrier left,” his father said.
“It’s hard to commit to a situation when you don’t know who is going to be in place to run that situation, and that’s what we told (secondary coach) Lorenzo Ward. We gave him a call before it went public and they completely understood.”
Now that Character is a Tiger, that doesn’t mean that the Gamecocks are going to stop recruiting the safety. The 6-foot, 170-pounder had a 10-minute conversation with Ward before making his decision, and while the coach was disappointed, he understood his decision to leave.
“He really just listened to me as I told him the reasons why,” Character said. “I feel like I can make a better impact from going to another school. He just listened to me — all ears — and told me that he’s going to recruit me until I sign.”
Marlon, Sr. said his son will not take any more visits to any campus not named Auburn. Character said he plans on visiting Auburn this weekend for the UGA game, but won’t know for sure until he knows what his football team’s plans are.
Character becomes Auburn’s 13th commitment for the class of 2016.
— Marlon Character Jr. (@riptrizzle) November 2, 2015