Atlanta, Ga.--A four-star safety prospect, Marlon Character was originally committed to South Carolina before flipping to the Auburn Tigers after building a strong bond with guys like Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson. With the duo now at South Carolina it has meant a long look for Character at both schools the last two weekends, first with the Gamecocks and then the Tigers.
Spending time with Gus Malzahn as well as new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and secondary Coach Wesley “Crimedog” McGriff on his Auburn visit, Character said he enjoyed everything about being back on the Plains.
“It was an interesting visit,” Character said. “I’m pretty solid right now coming off the visit. Talking to the whole coaching staff and hanging out with some of the players it was a great visit. Everything was good.”
Being able to sit down with the new coaches on Auburn’s defensive staff was one of the biggest things about the visit said Character. With a strong NFL background and also known as one of the top recruiters in the country, McGriff definitely made an impact he said.
“It was very important,” he said of the time with the coaches. “Just talking to him and him letting me know what his plans were for me when I come there. Talking to the whole coaching staff, Coach McGriff, it was them letting me know how important it was for me to come there. That was great.
“He (McGriff) has some connections and he’s already said they’re going to come to him to find DB’s,” he added. “He’s one of the best coming out of the league and he can develop me.”
With Auburn’s need at defensive back and the chance to come in and play early, Character said everything he liked about the Tigers is still very much present even with a new defensive staff on board.
“They were just saying they need a guy that is physical and an athlete and I’m that player they are looking for,” Character said. “They said they could work me in the system. Just drawing it up on the board and watching my film and other players’ film from past years it just looks real good.
“I’m pretty solid,” he added of his commitment. “Auburn is just family. From growing up with some of the players and with the coaches, it just feels like family and it feels like home. I really like being down there and I could see myself living there.”
Planning to visit Virginia Tech next weekend, Character said the Auburn coaches will have an in-home visit with him on Tuesday night. There’s a chance he could have an in-home with Robinson as well, a guy he still keeps in contact with regularly as the Gamecocks try to make a late push.
“I talked to Coach T-Rob on my way down there,” Character said. “He was telling me to make the best decision for myself. He’s behind me 100 percent wherever I go. I’m glad he’s behind me and supporting me on that.”