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Four-Star Juco Defensive End Malcolm Buggs Visited Auburn Again

Closing in on his college decision, Isaiah Buggs updates recruiting and talks about why he is considering the Auburn Tigers.

One of the more interesting prospects the Auburn football team is recruiting for its 2017 signee class, Isaiah Buggs, was back on the AU campus on Saturday and said he is glad he made the trip.

At 6-4, 290 pounds he is big enough to play defensive tackle, but also has the quickness to line up at defensive end. Players like that are what Auburn defensive coordinator is looking for what when analyzing prospects.

A sophomore at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, who is originally from Ruston, La., Buggs has a wide variety of college options, including the opportunity to play for the Auburn Tigers.

“The last time I came to Auburn (Big Cat Weekend) I had a great time,” he said, noting that the same thing happened on Saturday when he visited for a recruiting picnic during which he interacted with Coach Gus Malzahn’s staff and other recruits.

A prospect with offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and others, Buggs noted he could be closing in on a decision. He may announce his choice on August 25th because that is his 20th birthday.

LSU has home-state advantage because Buggs grew up in Louisiana, but he said, “Just because I am from there doesn’t mean I am going to go there.” 

Asked what he is looking for in his college choice, the defensive lineman said, “I want to feel at home and have a great relationship with the coaches.”

The Auburn coach who has been recruiting Buggs since he was in high school is Rodney Garner, who would be the prospect’s position coach if he signs with the Tigers. 

“He has always stuck with me since the first time he began recruiting me back in Ruston,” Buggs says. “He is a good guy. He is a great guy. He is an honest person. He is a great man. He takes care of his players. He loves his players.

“He is not persuading me to go to any school, to come to Auburn. He said it is all on me and any decision I make at the end of the day he still loves as a person.

“He just wants the best for me as a kid, regardless of what anybody thinks,” Buggs added.

Buggs, who noted that he was 230 pounds in high school, said he feels good about playing at 290. “As long as I can stay this size I am a good runner,” he declared. “My speed is still the same. I can still run a 4.7 or 4.9."

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