Auburn, Ala. -- Class of 2017 prospect Tadarian Moultry was in Auburn over the weekend observing the Tigers’ first practice in pads. The 6-2, 220 Jackson-Olin High player has seen his recruitment heat up in the last couple of months. Moulty has offers from Auburn Tigers, Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Troy. The linebacker, who goes by “T.D.” recently visited Tuscaloosa to check out the Crimson Tide. He left with things “tied” between the Alabama and Auburn, but that's not the case any longer
“It changed,” said Moulty after being asked if things were still even between the Tigers and Tide. “Auburn is at the top.” The reason being for Auburn’s rise to the top of Moultry’s list is the family atmosphere displayed on the Plains by the current players and staff.
“They (Auburn) are family-oriented,” said Moultry. “I’m a family dude so I love them because they treat me like family and I want to be like family to them.”
Moultry was able to watch Auburn’s first practice-in-pads of the spring. He left impressed with what he saw, particularly from Auburn’s new linebacker coach Travis Williams. He even had some advice for Auburn’s current crop of linebackers.
“I talked to (Coach Williams) about the linebackers,” Moultry explained. “We talks about three times a week. “I saw some real athletic linebackers out there,” said Moultry. “I know that they need to work on some because some of them aren’t using their hands like they’re supposed to. Once they learn to use their head, hands and arms everything will go smoothly.”
When asked what the message is from Auburn to him, Moultry’s answer was resolute.
“Family,” responded Moultry. “It’s the way you need to be.” According to Moultry the message from Alabama was more about “business.”
Moultry said that he doesn’t have a timetable for his decision and wants to keep the process open. “I’m just experiencing (the recruiting process) right now.” His next visit will be to Starkville to see the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
“When they tell me to come, that’s when I’ll come.”