Auburn Recruits React to Hire
Milton (Ga.) Rivals100 five-star defensive end Carl Lawson
“I don’t know much about him, I don’t what I can say. I remember Cam (Newton), Nick (Fairley), and Coach (Gene) Chizik when they won the championship. I want to see who he’s bringing in and stuff. But I don’t know what he’s looking for, what the coaches want to build around.
“But coaches come and go, I’ve watched that recently. The relationships with the recruiting class are what matter. That, and what the track record is of the other coaches hired. But the most important thing is best overall fit, and I think that’s still Auburn, but I don’t know.
“I’ve kept my commitment to Auburn because I wanted to stay loyal, you know I still love Auburn. What’s next is getting all these visits hashed out so I can take some visits and see what’s going on. I’m just taking precautionary measures and looking around.”
Auburn (Ala.) Rivals100 five-star linebacker Reuben Foster
“It’s a good hire, my thoughts are good. I don’t remember him from Auburn though, I have to build a relationship with him like I have with Coach Trooper (Taylor). I just hope they keep Coach ‘Troop’. I talked to Coach ‘Troop’ earlier today and I told him I hope they keep you and I’m going to play with him. I’m still committed to Auburn though.”
Muscle Shoals (Ala.) Rivals100 five-star defensive lineman Dee Liner
“To be honest, I don’t remember much about him. I’m going to come down shortly and have a good long talk with him. I want to see what he’ll do with the defense and I hope he keeps the coaches, Coach ‘Troop’, Coach (Mike) Pelton, I have a great connection with them. But if they don’t keep those guys, I’m still going to come play for him, but I’d love it if they kept them.”
Pinson Valley (Ala.) Rivals100 four-star WR Earnest Robinson
“I think we’re going to win with a new offense. I’m going to stay. He was one of my first recruiters. He recruited me as a sophomore and a junior. He led Arkansas State to a great season, I feel good about it. I feel good about Auburn and my commitment now that we know who the coach is. We’re going to have a great relationship and I can’t wait to meet him again.
“I want Jeremy Johnson to stay too, he’s my homeboy. I want him to stay and we’re going to do the same thing. I’m going to talk to some of the other commits later tonight.”
Carver-Montgomery (Ala.) Rivals100 four-star quarterback Jeremy Johnson
“I’m excited. I’ve been stressed, but I feel good because I’ve known Coach Malzahn for a long time, he gave me my first offer. This seals the deal. I’m excited, I feel like this seals the deal. I’m still going to take visits to Ole Miss for sure, LSU and Auburn.
“I actually feel just as good, if not better being committed now with Coach Malzahn, I do. I know what he runs, knowing I fit into the system already, it makes a big difference.
“Earnest will stay, I know Reuben (Foster) will stay and Dee Liner will stay. We all have agreed that we’d stay and keep the class together.”
McGill-Toolen (Ala.) four-star quarterback Jason Smith
“That offense he runs, it doesn’t get any better for me and the type quarterback I am. It’s an explosive offense and it’s something I’m used to. I’ve been running that offense here and I’m familiar with it. I feel like I can be successful in that offense.
“I’m excited — I think my commitment is very strong, I just have to keep on recruiting and keep the class together. I’m solid, I feel like this deals the deal.”
Huntsville (Ala.) three-star linebacker Cameron Toney
“I feel great. I never wavered anyway. I like the hire and I feel like we’re on the way back to a national championship. I’m glad the search is over, it was stressful. But everything is cool with Auburn.”
Cooper City (Fla.) three-star defensive back Lemond Johnson
“I’m glad we have a coach now and I know he was a part of Auburn’s championship they won and that’s a good thing. I’m glad we have a coach and we can move forward. I feel like it’s a good hire since he’s worked at Auburn before and he knows about Auburn.”
Dothan (Ala.) three-star cornerback Kamryn Melton
“I wasn’t surprised, he knows the organization and Auburn, he knows the program. I don’t know too much about him, but he was there when they won the national championship. I’m glad the search is over because I was tired of people asking questions about it. I feel good about it and I’m excited to get to know him and make sure the commits stay committed to Auburn.”
Hancock College (Ca.) running back Cameron Artis-Payne
“I don’t really have any thoughts on him or anything like that. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him. I know he’s good coach because I know he was offensive coordinator back when they won the title, but that’s all I know.”