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4-Star Defensive Back Interested in Auburn And Looking for A Change of Scenery In College

A class of 2017 prospect from New Orleans talks about his interest in the Auburn Tigers.

New Orleans, La.--Four-star class of 2017 cornerback Brad Stewart made his first visit to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend and says he plans to be back this fall to watch the Tigers on a game day.

A 6-1, 194 pounder who plays at McDonough 35 High School, Stewart said a big reason he decided to visit Auburn was to spend time with the team’s new secondary coach, Wesley “Coach Crimedog” McGriff.

“He is an enthusiastic person and seems like a good person to play for so I thought it would good to visit and see what it would be like to play for Auburn,” Stewart explained

The defensive back said that he doesn’t have a leader from his list of colleges he is considering that includes Florida, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and FSU.

Asked what he sees as his strength as a football player, Stewart said, “I think it is my versatility. I think I can come into the program and whether they need a safety or a corner I would have an opportunity to be a fill-in guy and play as a freshman.”

McGriff made the move to Auburn from the New Orleans Saints, something that got Stewart’s attention.

“He has a lot of ties to the NFL and you are always looking for guys who have experience and know the keys to get to the NFL,” the prospect said.

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Stewart added that McGriff’s pro experience is an important factor, but not the only one why he likes the secondary coach. “Coach Crime and I stay in contact,” he points out. “He is a great coach and a great person. We have a good vibe. I am a competitor and I think he is a guy who can bring that out in me.”

Asked what will be important in making his college choice, McGriff said, “I am looking for a college where I will have a good relationship with the coaching staff and a place that feels like home. Being from New Orleans, it is a bad place and a good place at the same time. I want to go to a place that doesn’t have all of the bad things from back home and where I will fit in with the program.”

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