It’s no surprise that top prospects are reconsidering their opinion of Auburn now that Gene Chizik is no longer the Tigers’ head coach.
“No comment on Auburn right now,” Marietta, Ga., defensive end Carl Lawson told ESPN RecruitingNation. “The news shocked me.”
It shouldn’t have. Many expected Chizik to be out when it became clear Auburn was unlikely to win a game in SEC play.
Still, recruits are now in wait-and-see mode as Auburn looks to replace Chizik, who won a national championship in 2010, Chizik’s only winning season in the SEC during his four-year stint with the Tigers.
Lawrenceville, Ga., linebacker Trey Johnson is taking an approach that will be common among Auburn prospects.
“I do not want to talk about anything specific yet,” Johnson told ESPN. “I want to wait and see who they bring in and continue to take my visits.”
Auburn running back commit Jordan Wilkins will look around. Tennessee, a school conducting its own coaching search, might be wise to call Wilkins, who attends St. Benedict High School in Cordova, Tenn.
“They were on me,” Wilkins said of the Vols, per ESPN. “Haven’t heard from them in a while but I’d like to. They’re still in the picture.”
Ole Miss and Vanderbilt could be, too. Wilkins said both schools could receive official visits, although he hasn’t set a schedule yet.
Auburn’s assistant coaches will likely rely on help from commitments willing to stick with their pledge. One of those recruits could be Kamryn Melton, a cornerback from Dothan (Ala.) High School.
“I’m still committed to Auburn,” Melton said. “I just want to see the next coach, who they’re going to bring in, and I’m really trying to make sure our recruiting class stays together, so we can make a big change at Auburn.”