You have to understand a certain dynamic in Tallahassee (Fla.)–you don’t just sneak into Florida’s state capitol and take players away from Florida State when the Seminoles are winning championships. If Florida State wants a local kid, it usually gets the kid. This has gone on for years, and of course this is the way it is around any major title-winning program’s hometown. You don’t go into their backyard–period.
Well, Auburn just did.
D’Anfernee McGriff is one of those awesome hybrid “do everything” guys Gus Malzahn loves for his offense. He can run a little Wildcat at QB, he can play running back. He can do anything. He’s a four-star prospect and is ranked the No. 187 prospect in America and the No. 13 running back in the country. He’s 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, and had also seriously considered Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.
McGriff plays at historic Leon High School, which has been a pipeline to Florida State in its past glory days. This is a huge recruiting ‘get’ for Auburn. His Auburn offer came just a few weeks ago.
And this is hardly the only one of late. The Tigers just received a pledge from former Ole Miss O-line commit Marquel Harrell on Monday night, while landing former Ohio State pledge Ben Edwards and OL Bailey Sharp over the weekend. Last week, they landed their top recruit so far in ATH Kerryon Johnson–a five-star prospect. The Tigers now have 10 commitments and have bumped up to the No. 5 class in the nation.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.