Four-Star DB Picks Tigers After Big Cat Visit

Auburn added its second commitment from Big Cat Weekend on Saturday when four-star cornerback Nick Ruffin chose the Tigers over Alabama, Georgia and several other schools.

Atlanta, Ga.—Prior to his visit to Auburn over the weekend to be a part of Big Cat Weekend V on the Plains, four-star defensive back Nick Ruffin said there was a chance he could make a decision if things went as planned. That came to fruition on Saturday as the talented cornerback committed to the Tigers, giving Auburn its ninth commitment for the 2014 class and second of the day joining Jakell Mitchell.

"I am committed to play football at Auburn University," Ruffin says. "I am blessed. I'm still trying to settle myself down. It was definitely a big decision. I felt that it needed to be made. I couldn't really hold it back any more. I stepped on the field and fell in love instantly. At that point I immediately knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

"I contemplated it a lot and prayed on it," he adds. "It never really clicked to me that I would commit and I told my mom I didn't plan on it. It wasn't something going through my head at the time. My aunt actually wore an Auburn shirt down here and she said something told her it might be a little fruition for me. It was kind of the confirmation I needed to be there."

Named the Top Defensive Back at the MVP Camp in Alpharetta, Ga. last summer, Ruffin had offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and several other top programs before making his decision on Saturday.

Rated the number 14 cornerback in the nation by, Ruffin is 6-0, 170 corner and has the size that Coach Melvin Smith covets at the position. After sitting down and spending time with Smith on his trip Ruffin says he can't wait to play for his new coach in the secondary next season.

"He's definitely a very spiritual man and he lives up to the hype of understanding that this is more than a game, it's about developing young men," Ruffin says. "For me that spoke volumes. To be able to have the opportunity to learn from him, not just about football but about becoming a man in life, I'm honored."

With the decision out of the way Ruffin says he's relieved and ready to begin the job of recruiting for the Tigers down the road. As for whether or not his decision is final, Ruffin says there is no doubt in his mind he's done with recruiting now that he's made his commitment.

"This decision is final and I don't plan on going back," Ruffin says. "My word is my bond. I don't plan on changing that. I do have to take one official (Georgia) because I did give a coach my word that I would take any official there. As I said before, my word is my bond, but I'm not going to change my commitment."

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