Greenwood, Ind.--One of the top athletes in the country, four-star speedster Russ Yeast visited the Auburn Tigers over the weekend and left with Gus Malzahn’s program in his top group as he begins to focus towards a decision later this fall.
Recruited by Coach Wesley McGriff as a cornerback in Auburn’s system, Yeast said he was impressed by every aspect of his visit for the Clemson game.
“It was really good,” Yeast said of his trip. “Me and my mom got to come down. We flew down on Saturday (following his game on Friday night). We had a really good time. The football game, it was a great atmosphere. I got to cool around with some of the players and stuff. It was really good.
“The football, the fans, the coaches,” he adds of what stands out about Auburn. “I really like the coaching staff, the area itself, and it’s the SEC.”
Impressed by the players on his visit, Yeast said he spent much of his time with host Nick Ruffin following the game and on Sunday. He noted that despite the loss the liked the atmosphere and energy surrounding the team.
“After a loss there wasn’t really a bad atmosphere around the football facility,” Yeast said. “That was one thing that showed a lot to me too.
“Pregame it was pretty crazy,” he added about the entire atmosphere. “There were thousands of fans littered around the streets. Tiger Walk, they had over 10,000 people just at Tiger Walk and that was crazy.”
On the field the Auburn defense stepped up its play in a big way. Paying close attention to the defensive backs and Coach McGriff, Yeast said he couldn’t have been more pleased with what he saw.
“It’s pretty important because there is opportunity there,” Yeast said of their play. “You also can see with Coach McGriff coming here the DB’s have taken a complete 360 from last year. They have some freshmen out there playing and some fifth-year seniors out there playing. The DB’s played great so I like what he’s doing.”
Planning an official visit to Iowa next weekend and Ole Miss the following Saturday, Yeast said he still hopes to take visits to both Louisville and Alabama before making his decision, but Auburn definitely made a big impact he said.
“Auburn is definitely my top group,” he noted. “Definitely in my top group.”