Miami, Fla.--One of the top 2017 cornerback prospects in the country, Christopher Columbus High standout Trajan Bandy got one of the offers he’s been waiting for on Wednesday when the Auburn Tigers joined an already impressive group of schools for Bandy.
While he admits that Cam Newton’s run in 2010 is what got him really interested in Auburn, the 5-10, 180 Bandy has a strong connection to the program and area with uncles Brian Smith and Sean Smith both playing for the Tigers in the 1980’s. With his father Jeff Bandy also a former player and a graduate of Auburn, he said this offer is definitely a special one for him.
“It was a great offer,” Bandy said. “I wanted this one real bad. My dad went there and I have family that attended that college. My family up there in Opelika/Auburn are big fans of Auburn and they always wanted me to get an offer from that school. It’s just a blessing. I really like what those guys are all about there.”
With his family deeply rooted in Opelika, Bandy said for him the Auburn history goes way back. A talented defensive end who was a big part of Auburn’s defensive success in the late 1980’s before he went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams, Brian Smith is just one of his ties.
“My dad just went to school at Auburn,” Bandy said. “He played on the football team for a year, but he just decided to focus on his grades.”
All those ties would be enough for most guys to have a lifetime of love for a school, but living in South Florida it was a different story for Bandy, who said he didn’t really begin following the Tigers until Newton’s magical season.
“That guy just turned the program around,” Bandy said. “I was watching Auburn and I told my dad that I liked the school and what they were doing. Ever since then I fell in love with those guys.”
While Auburn is a school that Bandy said would definitely make his initial list of Top 10 or Top Five schools, he said at the moment it’s another group of Tigers that hold the early lead as he prepares to begin visiting schools in the spring and summer.
“I’m for sure going to get up there and take a look at the school,” Bandy said of Auburn. “I’m also going to visit Clemson. They are actually my leader right now. I’m going to visit Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and probably either South Carolina or FAU.”