McGriff Picks Auburn "It Just Felt Like Home"

Four-star Florida standout D'Anfernee McGriff made his decision on Tuesday, choosing the Tigers as Auburn's hot streak on the recruiting front continues.

Tallahassee, Fla.--One of the top athletes in the country for the 2015 recruiting class, 6-2, 230 D'Anfernee McGriff put an end to his recruiting on Tuesday when he chose the Auburn Tigers over hometown Florida State, Florida, South Carolina and others after making a return visit last weekend for the A-Day game on the Plains.

"What made a difference for me was the way I felt when I first stepped on campus," McGriff tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It felt like home. Just the atmosphere down there and the relationship I built with all the coaches and the players, it just felt nice.

"This past weekend on Sunday and Monday after my visit I sat down and talked with my family," he adds. "We talked about it and prayed about it, and in my heart I just knew that Auburn was the place for me."

Expected to play inside receiver in Coach Gus Malzahn's offense at Auburn, McGriff is rated as a four-star running back by and has the speed and athleticism to be a big weapon for the Tigers down the road. With a combination of size and 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, he should be another playmaker for coaches Rhett Lashlee and Dameyune Craig to work with at Auburn.

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

"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."

D'Anfernee McGriff

Playing quarterback for Leon High, McGriff was named the Charlie Ward Tallahassee Offensive Player of the Year for his performance on the field. Mostly used as a runner in an offense designed to get him on the edge of the defense using the zone read, McGriff ran for 2,025 yards and 29 touchdowns on 189 carries (10.71 yards per carry) while also adding over 700 yards passing.

At Auburn, McGriff will play for former Tigers' quarterback and FSU assistant Dameyune Craig. A player who could make a huge impact on the Plains, McGriff said he can't wait to get on the field for Auburn and Craig.

"I think it's going to be amazing," McGriff said. "From day one since he started recruiting me he has been honest and over time we have built a relationship. Both times I went down it was just the love he showed me. I was able to put trust in him and I would love to play for Coach Craig."

Like players such as C.J. Uzomah, Ricardo Louis, Trovon Reed, Quan Bray, and many others before him in Auburn's offense, McGriff will make the transition from quarterback to receiver for the Tigers. Seeing how players are used in the offense was one of the big selling points for McGriff and his view of the A-Day game only reinforced his thoughts on the Tigers.

"I was thinking 'this could be me,' everything they were doing fits me perfect," he noted.

McGriff becomes Auburn's fifth commitment in the last six days, joining running back Kerryon Johnson, offensive linemen Bailey Sharp and Marquel Harrell, as well as safety Ben Edwards. That puts Auburn's commitment total to 10 for the 2015 class and pushes the Tigers' class to sixth overall in the rankings.

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