Muscle Shoals, Ala.--Saying his offer from the Auburn Tigers was a “dream come true” when it happened in July, talented defensive back Jordyn Peters is now one step closer to making his dreams a reality after committing to Gus Malzahn’s program on Friday morning.
Picking the Tigers over several SEC and ACC schools, Peters is a defensive back who could play either safety or cornerback on the next level and heads into his senior season as a player with a ton of momentum coming off a very strong summer on the camp circuit.
Growing up in a room painted orange and blue and dreaming of one day wearing the Auburn uniform, Peters will now have that opportunity following his commitment, but it almost didn't happen. Close to pulling the trigger for someone else this summer, he said the news from the Tigers came just in time.
“It feels amazing after just growing up wanting to play for them,” Peters told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “Like I said before, I sort of strayed from that after all of the other offers starting coming in. I had my mind set elsewhere, but once that offer came in it sort of dawned on me again that I could actually do what I’ve seen saying I was going to do since I was a kid.”
One of the keys for Peters to help him zero in on the Tigers was his multiple visits to the campus in July. Already with a strong bond formed with Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand, who recruits Muscle Shoals as part of his area, Peters had the chance to get to know Malzahn, Kevin Steele and Wesley McGriff while on the Auburn campus.
Those meetings and conversations allowed him to not only get a feel for the coaching staff, but more importantly it gave him a feel for what it would be like to play for Auburn.
“They said they liked my vertical,” Peters said of his camp trip. “They liked that and I'm athletic. He (McGriff) 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.”
After seeing it in person, Peters said Auburn has everything he’s looking for in a football program as well as a university. Now ready to close out his career at Muscle Shoals with a bang, the newest Tiger commitment said he can’t wait to continue to build a bond with everyone at Auburn because that’s what sold him in the end.
“Really, I guess it would be the fan base and how much they care about football down there,” Peters said of what stood out about Auburn. “They love football, but it’s not really all about football. They actually care about you off the field.”