Chad Simmons

Class of 2017 4-Star Football Prospect Visits Auburn to Watch Practice

A.J. Terrell talks about his Tuesday visit to see Coach Gus Malzhn's football team.

Atlanta, Ga.-- A.J. Terrell, who has more than two dozen scholarship offers including one from the Auburn Tigers, visited Auburn’s Tuesday football practice to check out the Tigers’ new secondary coach.

Wesley McGriff, who came to the Plains from the New Orleans Saints, is in charge of the cornerbacks and safeties.

“Coach Crime stood out to me,” said Terrell. “It was my first time getting to see him in action. He is my position group coach and there were a lot of good things going on with his players.

“The way he talks to me is the way he coaches,” said Terrell, who is rated as a four-star safety prospect by “He is not sugar-coating things and I like that a lot.

“Practice was great,” Terrell added. “It was up-tempo with a lot of movement. The physicality was great.”

The class of 2017 prospect from Westlake High School noted that he currently checks in at 6-2, 180 pounds and recently picked up a scholarship offer from Ohio State.

As a senior football player Terrell will be busy. “I plan to play both ways to help our team out, but I am mainly a defensive back--a corner or safety. I played corner last year and had a good season.”

At Tuesday’s practice the prospect kept an eye on cornerback Carlton Davis, a Freshman All-SEC selection last season. “They compare me to him,” Terrell said.

Terrell is certainly interested in the Tigers, but noted it is too early to name favorites. “I am taking it slow,” he said.

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