Malzahn Makes Impression On 5-Star Prospect

Class of 2015 five-star prospect Lyndell Wilson talks about watching the Auburn football Tigers defeat Arkansas and getting to talk with Coach Gus Malzahn.

Montgomery, Ala.--Rated the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country by and a five-star prospect for the 2016 recruiting class, Lyndell Wilson from Carver High School already has offers from many of the top programs in the country including Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, UCLA and USC.

On Saturday he took the short drive up I-85 to check out Gus Malzahn’s Tigers take on Arkansas in the season opener. Watching as Auburn pulled away in the second half for a 45-21 victory, Wilson said it was a fun day for him as he enjoyed his time at Jordan-Hare Stadium and that started with the offense.

“I saw intensity and a spark to the offense,” Wilson said. “I just basically saw an Auburn offense I haven’t seen since Cam Newton was there.”

That offense was led by former Carver standout Jeremy Johnson. A player who Wilson watched while a young player in Montgomery, the current Wolverines’ standout said it was great to see a player from his school have so much success on the big stage.

“It was fun watching Jeremy take control,” Wilson said. “I was trying to picture him back at Carver when he made plays there. I was picturing some of the receivers he had and now it’s D’haquille Williams and Sammie Coates and all those guys he’s throwing to. I feel like Jeremy made good decisions on the throws he made. He really played a great game. I think he could have finished out the whole game.”

On the other side of the ball Wilson said it was a tale of two halves for the Tigers. Struggling in the first 30 minutes to slow down the Arkansas offense, he said it was a different story in the second half when Auburn took control.

“They just have to make plays they’re supposed to make,” Wilson said. “They missed a lot of tackles and had some blown coverages. They didn’t adjust too well to what Arkansas was running.

“In the second half I don’t know what Coach Malzahn told them, but they came out fired up,” he added. “They just basically came out with the attitude that the game is still 0-0.”

While he definitely had something to say to his team during the game on Saturday, Malzahn also took the time to talk with the big-time prospect from Montgomery before the game. That’s something Wilson said made a big impression on him.

“He just said he was happy that I came up to the first game and that it meant a lot to him,” Wilson said. “It means a lot to me too because he could have been focused on the game. He just spoke to me and asked me how our game went on Friday. We beat Robert E. Lee 43-0. He just said he was going to try to get one of his coaches to come watch me play next Friday (against Carroll-Ozark).”

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