Auburn pulled off a Power 5 flip.
The Tigers landed 3-star cornerback Traivon Leonard who had been committed to North Carolina since June 20. Leonard, from West Palm Beach, Fla., wrote in a tweet that he is ‘110 percent’ at Tigers.
“This decision was purely made by seeing where I would best fit,” Leonard wrote.
The 6-foot, 188-pound prospect joins 4-star ATH commit Malcolm Askew as the only cornerbacks in the Tigers’ 2017 class. Leonard isn’t a highly-ranked prospect. He is the No. 111-ranked cornerback in the country. That fits right in line with other defensive back members in the 2017 class — Carlito Gonzalez and Jordyn Peters.
Leonard’s relationship with Wesley McGriff played a major role in his decision to flip.
“He’s really one of the biggest reasons I’m going to Auburn,” Leonard told 247Sports’ Keith Niebuhr. “I want to play for him. He’s not a guy I want to let down out there.”
With Leonard’s commitment, Auburn jumps to the No. 8 class in the country, moving ahead of Michigan. The Tigers are closing in on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for a top-7 class.