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What Does The Commitment Of Marlon Character Mean For The Future Of The Auburn Defense?

Discussing the impact of four-star defensive back Marlon Character for the Auburn defense in the future.

Marlon Character

Size: 6-0, 180

Ranking On Scout: 4-Star| No. 16 Safety| No. 6 Safety In South

Recruiting: Chose Auburn over South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and others

 

Scout’s Take:

“I think the biggest thing that Character brings to the table is obviously versatility. Some schools looked at him as a corner, some as a free safety, some as a nickel. He’s definitely a versatile DB depending on what type of scheme and different coaches, obviously now at Auburn with (Will) Muschamp and Travaris Robinson, what they kind of envision with him.

“He’s a kid that has good ball skills. He grew up playing offense, a lot of wide receiver. He’s played some quarterback in his younger days, but he’s an athlete that may not just wow you with one facet of his game but is a very well-balanced defensive back.I think he’s a very instinctive kid. He has good size, good length, and I think he’s a smart player.

“He’s not the fastest and maybe not the elite, most explosive kid but really puts himself into position to make plays on the ball. Physically he has the frame to come in and have a chance to play early. He’s a guy that recognizes quarterback’s eyes, finds the football, and makes a play. He’s a guy that brings that versatility depending on if you want to line him up on the slot, on the outside, or drop him back at safety. He brings that element also.”

----Chad Simmons----

 

What It Means For Auburn:

This is a huge get for Muschamp and Robinson with Auburn looking for players that have the ability to make plays in the secondary both against the pass and run. Character has the skill set to play as a deep safety in Auburn’s scheme, but with his coverage skills he could line up as a nickel cover guy as well.

That kind of versatility is important in today’s world of college football with so many teams spreading the field trying to get a mismatch. Often times that winds up being on the nickel defensive back, something the Tigers may be able to avoid with a player like Character in the future.

 


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