Two weeks ago, it appeared that an in-state race was brewing between Auburn and Alabama for Tadarian Moultry.
But following an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa on Friday, Moultry, a four-star linebacker from Birmingham, Ala., said he is no longer considering the Crimson Tide.
“I don’t have that bond with my assistant coach, so, there is no need to keep playing with a school’s head,” said Moultry. “I don’t have a bond with the (assistant) coach, so there’s no need for me to be talking to the school.”
Alabama was the latest stop in a string of recent unofficial visits for Moultry, who visited Auburn and Georgia earlier in the week.
“I never hear from them,” Moultry said of his relationship with Alabama. “I want to have that bond with the assistant coach. (Offensive line coach Mario) Cristobal is my recruiter, but he’s not going to be coaching me if I decide to go there.”
With Alabama removed from the picture, Moultry confirmed Auburn is now his front-runner. He’s unofficially visited The Plains on several occasions since January, and his relationship with first-year linebackers coach Travis Williams has aided in the Tigers’ pursuit of the in-state prospect.
Ole Miss and Georgia — two schools that have risen as of late — trail closely behind.
“They’re in a good position,” Moultry said of the Tigers. “I just want to get to Ole Miss to talk to assistant coach (Derrick) Nix and then get to Georgia.”
Moultry was originally slated to announce his commitment in August with linebacker K.J. Britt, who also holds offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Georgia, respectively. But he’s decided to announce his decision sometime this spring. Moultry is planning to visit Ole Miss and Georgia prior to making his decision.
At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, Moultry is rated the No. 9 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 13 prospect in Alabama.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite