On the heels of his visit to Florida on Saturday, Auburn commit Eli Stove told a reporter he was ‘75 percent’ committed to the Tigers.
But in an interview with SEC Country on Tuesday, the four-star receiver from Niceville, Fla., didn’t confirm or deny his comment.
Instead, he chose to reaffirm his loyalty to Auburn.
“I talked to my parents about it and they told me to stick with my heart, so, yeah,” Stove told SEC Country. “I’m still in love with Auburn. I’m not going to de-commit or anything like that. I’ll probably see by the end of the year, signing day.”
Stove conceded that he’s keeping his options open, though he confirmed his short list is exclusive to Auburn and, coincidentally, Florida.
His unofficial visit to Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend marked his second trip to the program this year.
The 6-foot-1, 178-pound senior from Niceville High School had high praise for the atmosphere and said he spoke with the majority of the coaching staff post-game. He even earned a comparison to former Florida receiver Percy Harvin.
“One of the coaches compared me (to Harvin),” Stove said. “It’s pretty great. I didn’t think he’d compare me to him, but he did. Harvin was an explosive player.”
His visit on Saturday may not be his last, either.
Stove told SEC Country he plans to take his official visits in December, and Florida may be in the running for one.
As for his commitment to Auburn?
“I love Auburn,” Stove said. “That’s my school. They’re doing a great job, too. They won against Texas A&M last week.”
He is rated as the No. 15 player in Florida.