AUBURN, Alabama — Tadarian Moultry silently tested his recruiters at Ole Miss and Alabama, and they failed.
The four-star linebacker secretly planned a commitment date of May 6, and though it leaked shortly before the announcement, the decision to keep it quiet still worked. He wanted to see how other schools such as Alabama and Ole Miss would recruit him without knowing he already had made a decision on his future school: Auburn.
As he expected, the schools didn’t heat up their recruitment amid the silence. If he had let them know his commitment date, he’s sure they would have tried to bust his door down on the recruiting trail. Meanwhile, it was Auburn that maintained contact and kept the linebacker out of Jackson-Olin in Birmingham, Alabama in their view.
“I love the school, the environment and I told (Ole Miss assistant) coach (Derrick) Nix (why) I didn’t come there,” Moultry told SEC Country. “I didn’t hear from them in a month, so it really shortened it down and made it easier. I knew I’d make my commitment on (May 6). I wasn’t going to tell anybody because I wanted to see how would you push to get me because if I would have told social media on the sixth, I know they would have pushed. I wanted to see if you pushed without me telling you the date.”
Moultry spoke more about the recruiting process, why he picked Auburn, whether he will visit more schools and whether he will try to get Oxford linebacker Kenney Britt to join him on the Plains with SEC Country.
What do you expect at linebacker at Auburn?
I play in and out, it doesn’t matter. So I’m just ready to get coached by coach T-Will (Travis Williams).
Could you and Kenney Britt be a package deal? Is there anything to that? Could you get K.J. to join you at Auburn?
I committed to Auburn and I’m going to be the biggest recruit(er), but he’s my brother, so wherever he wants to go, I’m with him wherever he wants to go. I’d rather be playing beside my brother. If I had the chance to play with him, that’s great, but wherever he wants to play, that’s still great because he’s still going to school, playing ball and getting an education.
What are you working to improve?
I’m still working on my own. I don’t consider myself a big-time linebacker. If you say I’m good, well, then I just say I’m still working. But I never say I’m better than somebody else. I see somebody else’s technique and I say, OK, I need to work on my hips some more.
Why Auburn and what were they like during the recruiting process?
They’ve been recruiting me since the beginning. It’s always been the same. Nothing different.
What do you think of the incoming recruiting class and the 2017 class at Auburn?
It’s going to be some good classes. The only thing is it’s going to be a process. Everybody sees the process and some players are probably scared to commit, but the coaches here and the environment, you’re going to love it. They really care about other things. You’ll want to come there.
Will you visit other schools?
No, sir. This is it.
What’s your message to Ole Miss and Alabama if they keep trying to knock on your door?
If they try to knock on my door, I’ll keep telling them I don’t want to be recruited. … That’s it. I don’t want to be recruited. I’m officially Auburn. I’m just ready now to play.
What’s your goal for your senior year at Jackson-Olin?
Take them to the playoffs. We haven’t been to the playoffs since I was born, so my goal and my team’s goal and coaching staff’s goal is to make it to the playoff. That’s what we’re trying to do right now.
How much do you talk to Britt?
We talk a lot. We’re brothers. We talk every now and then. He’s busy, I’m busy at times but we still try to talk every now and again about what we can.