4-Star Receiver Sparkles at Auburn Football Camp

Tarik Black discusses his camp performance at Auburn as well as his interest in Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers.

Tarik Black arrived at an Auburn football camp on Saturday with a reputation as one of the top prospects in the 2017 class. He did nothing to diminish that status.

Rated as Scout.com’s No. 1 wide receiver in Connecticut as well as the East, Black showed good hands, good speed and the ability to catch the football vs. press man coverage.

The 6-3 1/2, 207 receiver from Cheshire Academy said Auburn’s coaches made it clear that they have a high opinion of his potential in the SEC.

“They see me coming in and having an opportunity to play right away,” Black said.

“I definitely like the coaching staff,”? he pointed out. “It was great to be in Auburn.

“I worked with those guys to see how they coach their guys and how they can develop me into the receiver I want to be in the future,” he added.

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Tarik Black is a two-sport star in high school.

Black spent the most time with receivers coach, Kodi Burns, a former Auburn player who joined Gus Malzahn’s staff earlier this year.

“Me and Kodi we text each other a lot and we talk on the phone,” Black said. “We have a really good relationship. Since they offered me we have developed a great relationship so they are in a good spot.”

Black didn’t want to name a list of favorites, but noted the Tigers are under serious consideration and that he could be back in September for an official visit prior to his first game on Sept. 17th.

Asked what he liked most about Auburn on his second visit to the Plains, he said, “Definitely the family atmosphere. I like the coaching staff. They are great, down-to-earth guys. That is the big deal.”

Black noted the distance to Auburn is not a factor, but “feeling comfortable” is.

The receiver said he feels comfortable with Burns. “Kodi is a great guy. He is very relatable to a young guy like myself--he is a young coach. He went through everything I am going through right now.”

Asked what he considers his best attributes as a football player, Black said, “Route-running, quickness off the ball, speed, ball skills, athleticism.”

That speed also translates to success in track and field. Running for Cheshire Academy, he won the New England Division III 200 meters championship in May with a time of 22.43, nearly a second faster than the runnerup.

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