Talented Teammates Talk Tigers

Four-star prospects Shawn Burgess-Becker and Calvin Ridley talk about visiting Auburn, what they like about the Tigers, and much more.

Coconut Creek, Fla.--Two of the top players in Florida and teammates at Monarch High, four-stars Shawn Burgess-Becker and Calvin Ridley made a visit to Auburn on Thursday to check out Gus Malzahn's Tigers. Rated a cornerback by Scout.com, Ridley is also a talented receiver and that's the position Auburn sees him playing on the next level.

Spending time with Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and Dameyune Craig, Ridley said he's excited about what Auburn showed him on his initial trip to the Plains and he can't wait to get back.

"This was my first time and I'm happy we stopped by," Ridley said. "It's amazing, I love it.

"They are all great guys," he added of the coaching staff. "Coach Craig is really good. I sat in on his meeting and he's really good. The guys love him and I like him a lot."

Having already visited Florida, Miami, Florida State, Alabama and LSU, and with another trip to Alabama in the works for this weekend, Ridley thought he had a top group all mapped out before his visit to Auburn. Now he said that has changed.

"I don't have a top five, but if I did, they'd be up there from today's experience," Ridley said. "It's one of the best schools I've been to so far. I wasn't expecting it to be so nice. When I sat in the meetings, I felt like I was home. I feel like I can fit right in with those guys.

"I'm looking for a good education, playing time, and a coach that I can get a bond with and a good coach," he added. "And I want to win. I'll have to see more schools. I had it kind of narrowed down, but I just didn't tell anyone. But after seeing this, they're about to the top. I don't have a top, but I like them."

Burgess-Becker and Ridley

A big-time safety prospect, Burgess-Becker also had a great time on his first look at Auburn. Spending time with coaches Charlie Harbison and Melvin Smith as well as getting the opportunity to sit down with Malzahn, the physical defensive back said everything about the trip went well.

"It was my first time up there and the campus is amazing," Burgess-Becker said. "It's a beautiful campus. Everything is laid back. I had the chance to meet with a couple of coaches. It was an amazing time for a first visit.

"It opened my eyes a lot," he added. "It's my first time being there and it was just that amazing. The campus is sick and the facilities are nice."

With offers from schools across the country, Burgess-Becker is a player that has the physical tools to play early on the next level. With Auburn looking for help in the secondary he said that makes the Tigers intriguing, but it was his view of the coaching staff that made the biggest impact on his visit.

"I got to sit down with a couple of the defensive coaches and learn a couple of new plays," he said. "I got a chance to speak with the head coach. There were good things there that build that connection between a player and a coach.

"I talked to Melvin Smith and Coach Cheese, I guess that's what they call him. Those are two pretty cool guys. The head coach is a nice guy. He told me a couple of history things about the school and stuff. It was good."

Planning to narrow his list of schools down closer to signing day, Burgess-Becker notes that he's still a long way from making a decision. However, after seeing Auburn on Thursday, he said the Tigers will be in the hunt.

"They'll be in my top for sure, top five or top six," Burgess-Becker said. "I have right now Alabama, Miami, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State and UF, all those types of schools. Auburn will make its way in there for sure."


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