Muscle Shoals, Ala.--Already with more than a dozen offers before making a trip to see the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, speedy safety Jordyn Peters put on a show at camp and it earned him an offer from Gus Malzahn.
“They liked my testing before the actual camp started,” Peters said of his 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash and 40-inch vertical leap. “ had good times and jumped really well. Throughout the drills they were watching me.
"During one-on-ones, I knew I probably had an offer because I did pretty well in those. They told me right after I got done with one-on-ones to make sure I come to see them after to talk to them and that's when they told me--I had a scholarship.”
A talented 6-1, 180 defensive back who has the skills to play early at safety, Peters said getting the news from Malzahn about the offer was huge for him because he grew up dreaming of playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“I was excited because I've been an Auburn fan since I can remember,” Peters said. “My room used to be Auburn. It used to be orange and blue and I had Auburn stuff everywhere. I've been coming to games since I can remember. It's been a dream come true for this offer.”
Recruited by Coach Herb Hand for the Tigers, Peters said he spent time with Hand, Malzahn and DB Coach Wesley McGriff while on his visit and they told him they liked his physical tools and what he brings to the table at the safety position.
“They said they liked my vertical,” Peters said. “They liked that and I'm athletic. He told me he liked my physicality on film. He told me the only thing I could really improve on is my strength, get stronger and be more physical with my hands. Other than that, they said they like everything about me.”
Planning to visit Georgia Tech, Duke and Virginia Tech this week and also looking at Mississippi State and Ole Miss among others, Peters said he thought briefly about making his commitment. Deciding to keep his options open, he admitted that the Auburn offer definitely makes an impact.
“I really can't explain,” Peters said. “I was already sort of feeling it, but when he said the words I was like, 'Wow, it really just happened.' Since I was little I've been dreaming I'm going to go to Auburn and for it to actually happen, it was just sensational.”
Hoping to make a decision sometime before the start of his senior season, Peters said that he’s hoping to get back to Auburn very soon so he can continue to get a better feel for the coaches and players on the Plains.