AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn continues to rebuild a complete recruiting class, piece by piece.
Three-star athlete Marcus Davis out of American Heritage in Delray Beach (Fla.) spent the weekend on his official visit in Auburn, and according to the local recruiting sites left the Plains after verbally committing.
“I just feel like they’ll give me the opportunity I have been waiting for,” Davis told AUTigers.com. “I’m just ready to come in and work. When I saw the offense and the position I would be playing I fell in love with the offense.”
Previously considering Wake Forest and West Virginia at the top of his list, Davis played quarterback and cornerback in high school, but projects to add to the depth at wide receiver – a similar situation to another Auburn commit, four-star Jason Smith.
The Tigers now have 19 verbal commitments, zeroing in on National Signing Day a week from Wednesday. Auburn High School linebacker Reuben Foster, previously a pledge both to Alabama and Auburn at separate times, is slated for his final official visit to Auburn next weekend.
Embracing Twitter more and more in his first couple of months as head coach, Gus Malzahn shared, “Wrapping up a good weekend! Fired up for last week of recruiting. Time to finish strong!”
Airing it out
The result was the same – a fourth straight loss to an SEC opponent – but the Auburn men’s basketball team had to be pleased with the effort in falling just short Saturday night to No. 23 Ole Miss 63-61.
Head coach Tony Barbee, normally a nitpicker more so than offering pick-me-ups, admitted a team discussion late in the week helped the Tigers rise to the occasion.
“We stopped worrying about petty stuff that every team goes through at some point in the middle of the year, usually this time of year when you are in conference play,” Barbee said. “The teams that address it … are the teams that kind of go on a run. I thought it really got us going together and back to worrying about our jobs.”
The two previous losses to Kentucky and Vanderbilt unearthed concerns about Auburn’s hustle and toughness, which were put to rest at least temporarily Saturday.
“We just wanted to come together as a team and battle up,” senior guard Frankie Sullivan said. “We knew we weren’t performing well, so everybody laid out on the table what they want to do and how they want to help the team. Once you get that out, then you can hold people accountable for what they say.”
Nonetheless, it is an extended skid for Auburn (8-11, 2-4 SEC), which prepares for a Wednesday trip to Georgia.
“The best experience you learn from is a loss, when you’re down at your worst,” Sullivan said. “So I think once we lost these games, in due time, it’s going to come around.”