South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson reached out to Marlon Character prior to his visit to Auburn over the weekend.
It was business per usual, as the Gamecocks, led by the first-year coordinator and coach Will Muschamp, have continued to recruit the three-star safety aggressively since their arrival in December.
But Character’s official visit to The Plains may have shored up his commitment to the Tigers.
“I think so,” his father, Marlon, Sr., said when asked if the visit sealed his son’s decision. “I tell him all the time, nothing is official until you sign something, until it’s in ink. As far as the way he feels about Auburn, yes, he likes the school. Aside from the coaches doing the recruiting, his trainer said something to me. He said, ‘Marlon has fallen in love with Auburn.’”
South Carolina recently hosted Character on an official visit in hopes of persuading the Atlanta safety to re-commit to the program he was once pledged to as recent as November. He acknowledged soon after the visit that the Gamecocks “still had a chance”. But his father conceded that his son didn’t come out of the weekend feeling as if South Carolina was an absolute fit.
“I don’t think he got that feeling,” his father said. “He liked it, but I don’t think it was complete. I don’t think he was like, ‘This is for me.’ But coming out of Auburn, he was like, ‘This is where I want to go to school.’
“That was the selling point for us.”
Character and his father spent a majority of the weekend with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and secondary coach Wesley McGriff. Both coaches reviewed film of Character and addressed his strengths and weaknesses.
“They want to try to use his athleticism to cover some slot guys, so he can really show what he can do,” his father said. “They were on the same page.”
Character, rated as the No. 18 safety in the country, will finalize his decision just before signing day.