4-Star McGriff Very Impressed By the Tigers

Class of 2015 football prospect D'Anfernee McGriff talks about why he is so high on the Auburn Tigers.

Tallahassee, Fla.--D'Anfernee McGriff was interested in Auburn prior to spending Saturday on the Plains. After checking out a scrimmage and touring campus, he said the Tigers are the team to beat on the recruiting front.

"Right now, Auburn is leading," said McGriff, who had previously listed hometown FSU as his favorite. "I changed my mind."

"I loved my visit," said McGriff, a standout at Leon High School. "As soon as I stepped on campus I felt at home. They can use me in the offense and everything felt really nice."

Listed as a four-star running back by Scout.com, he noted that Auburn was looking at him as a potential H-back/fullback type, but after seeing video of his speed the prospect pointed out that AU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig said the Tigers envision him playing as a slot receiver.

"With my size and speed they can match me up against corners," he said. "I play quarterback in high school and they want to get me to be a wildcat and receiver to get the ball in my hands."

McGriff said he plans to visit South Carolina on April 12th and the following Saturday he is scheduled to be back at Auburn to check out the football team's annual A-Day Game. He noted that he is close to making a decision on his college choice, something that could happen in April.

D'Anfernee McGriff

McGriff noted that he is impressed with the Auburn coaching staff, particularly Craig, who is recruiting him for the Tigers. "He told me I can get in, work hard and play right away," McGriff said.

"I love him," McGriff said about Craig. "The relationship I have built with him he almost feels like a dad."

On his visit the prospect got to see exactly how he could be used in the Auburn offense as he checked out a 100-play scrimmage, the first of the spring for Coach Gus Malzahn's football team.

"I was very impressed with what I saw," McGriff said. "Everybody was getting after it. There wasn't any jogging around. Everybody was going full force and I loved it."

After checking out the scrimmage he toured the campus. "The facilities are great and the dorm rooms are amazing," he said. "Just campus life is nice.

"I felt at home at Auburn," he added. "All of the players came up and talked to me and I feel real good about the coaches. They were like ‘if you come here we will treat you like family.'"

McGriff said that he weighed in at six-foot-two, 230 pounds on his visit. The prospect said that his ideal weight as a college receiver would be closer to 220 to take advantage of his speed.

Noting he has run a 40-yard dash at under 4.4 seconds at the U.S. Army Combine, McGriff is running on the Leon 4x100 and 4x200 track and field relay teams this spring.

As a junior he played wide receiver, quarterback and running back. This fall he expects to play quarterback, safety while returning punts and kickoffs. "I am kind of going to be everywhere," he said.


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