Atlanta, Ga.--One of the top safety prospects in the country, four-star Grady High standout Marlon Character has switched his commitment from South Carolina to the Auburn Tigers in big news for Gus Malzahn’s program.
The No. 16 safety prospect in the country and a playmaker in the secondary, Character has developed a strong bond with Malzahn and the rest of the Auburn coaching staff since the start of the process and he said that’s one of the things that stood out to him.
"It was a very well thought out decision," Character tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I talked it over with my family and some of the coaches. It just felt right so I went ahead and did it.
"I kind of knew before this weekend," he added of the decision. "I just was waiting on the right time. I had been thinking about it all the way until today."
With a need for help at the safety position the 6-0, 180-pounder should have an opportunity to play right away for the Tigers in 2016.
One of the biggest things for Character as his bond with future position Coach Travaris Robinson. A former player for the Tigers and one of the top young defensive assistants in the country, Robinson made a big impact on Character and he said it’s something he’s ready to be a part of playing for him in the future.
"It means a lot for me to see they are amped up and excited for me to get down there," Character said. "Coach T Rob had a big impact on my decision because of his hard recruiting and calling me builidng a great bond and relationship with me. That really helped out a lot and made me want to go there even more."
While Auburn's defensive numbers may not seem like an improvement on the surface for Will Muschamp's group, Character said he's seen a lot of good things from the Tigers so far this season. In particular he likes the amount of young players seeing action for Auburn's defense, something that shows him the future his bright.
"I saw they play a lot of young guys and I saw some places I would fit in perfectly," Character said. "I have seen a lot of energy that the defensive backs and defensive coaches brougth to the team. It's just something I love to see and I feel like I could have a great part in things there."
Not planning to take any additional official visits before signing with Auburn in February, Character said after flipping his commitment to the Tigers he's certain of his choice and ready to get the next chapter of his life started.
"I'm very comfortable with my decision," Character said. "I'm 100 percent. It feels right. I'm not second-guessing anything. I'm just trying to hold everything out until signing day. I'm just ready to be a Tiger."
Character becomes the 13th commitment for Auburn in the 2016 class.