Birmingham, Ala.--When you talk about physical linebackers in the 2017 class perhaps at the top of the list is four-star Jackson-Olin standout Tadarian Moultry. Adding offers from the Auburn Tigers, Alabama and several other top programs in the last few months he was back on the Plains Saturday to check out the Tigers and left with a good feeling about Gus Malzahn’s program.
“They showed us more things than they did on the last visit,” Moultry said. “I thought we would have a repeat of the things we saw, but there were some new things. It was nice talking to the coaches again and I love the experience every time I get down there.
“My mom was smiling a lot so that makes me happy that she smiles,” he added of having family along. “That was really important for me because I want them to experience with me everything that I do.”
Part of that experience was spending time with Malzahn, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, and new linebacker Coach Travis Williams. That bond is something that is important for Moultry and it’s only getting stronger with every trip he makes to Auburn.
“Everything stands out to me about Auburn,” Moultry said. “I know they need linebackers and I trust what the coaches are doing. They’re building up like my school is building up. I’m just trusting what the coaches are trying to do.”
That trust level is especially high with Williams. A former All-SEC linebacker that got the job done despite being undersized, Williams also saw some time in the NFL as well and that has impressed Moultry because it shows he knows how to get the job done.
“He’s young and he knows what he’s doing,” Moultry said. “When they said 205 (what Williams weighed at Auburn) and he knows stuff, I like that. You’re not going to see too many at 205 at this level dominating the game. Apparently he knows what he’s doing so I like that he’s got that experience. The class of 2017 is going to be his big class.”
Saying that Auburn is at the top, “number one”, Moultry said Alabama is right there with them with Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Clemson and Georgia coming after his top two. As for a decision he said that will come when he finds the right fit.
“I’m just going to see how everything goes,” Moultry said. “I’m just going to follow my heart.”