Auburn, Ala.--A longtime commitment to the Auburn Tigers, four-star Army All-American Tadarian Moultry has been watching closely this season as Coach Gus Malzahn’s team has rebounded from a 1-2 start.
Last weekend he was in Jordan-Hare Stadium as the Tigers pounded Arkansas 56-3 while holding the Razorbacks to just 25 yards on the ground and setting a regular season record with 543 yards rushing themselves.
“The defense did its part,” Moultry said. “I thought throwing the ball was going to help, but they only had to run the ball.”
Saying that the defense is feeling more comfortable as the season goes along, one of the keys to that Moultry said has been the play of the linebackers. With Tre Matthews, DeShaun Davis, Darrell Williams and Montavious Atkinson playing at a much higher level, the Auburn commitment said it all starts with Coach Travis Williams.
“He gives them energy and they give him energy,” Moultry said. “Whatever he’s doing, he’s doing something right.”
Something else that is going right for the Tigers is the play of the defensive line. Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams, Marlon Davidson and company have done a good job this season of making plays up front, something Moultry said makes him excited about things on the Plains next season and beyond.
“I’m focused on my team, but I know when I get there I can’t wait to play behind that defensive line,” Moultry said. “It’s always important to play behind a defensive line because no matter who is beside you it’s that D-Line that’s going to cause all of the trouble.”
Currently 7-2 on the season, Jackson-Olin’s win over Parker last Friday night gave the Mustangs their first playoff appearance since 1999. It was an emotional time for Moultry and his coaches and teammates, but he said there are bigger goals than just getting to the dance for his final season.
“I’m happy about it and our team cried about it, but I’ve got bigger goals,” Moultry said. “I’ve got bigger goals than just going to the playoffs. My team can go to the third or fourth round, even the championship.”
Wilder Still Liking Tigers
Another four-star linebacker looking at Auburn right now was back on campus last weekend to see his first game in person. Visiting on two different occasions, Deandre Wilder from Carol City High has built a strong bond with Williams, Kevin Steele and Wesley McGriff since last spring.
Seeing the atmosphere around the campus for the first time, Wilder said it was everything he thought it would be and far surpassed another one of the schools he’s considering.
“It was a great experience seeing the Auburn Tigers,” Wilder said. “It’s a great atmosphere, better than Miami. It was really about the fans and how the whole town comes together.”
With his father living in Atlanta, Wilder’s interest in Auburn has been a serious thing. With Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame and West Virginia also in the mix, he said the Tigers are one of the programs he’s very seriously considering.
“They’re still up there,” Wilder said. “I can’t really tell yet, but I’m trying to get away from home. It was important for me to see a game. I took time from my bye week to see how a game was going to be.”
Speedster Announcing Wednesday Night
One of the top athletes in the 2018 class, speedster Shaun Shivers will choose between Auburn, TCU, West Virginia and Virginia Tech on Wednesday night and the Tigers have a very good shot of adding him to a class that already features four-star quarterback Joey Gatewood.
With the ability to play running back, speed back, or even slot receiver for the Tigers because of his skill set, Shivers would be a true home run threat in Gus Malzahn’s system and also a very dangerous kick returner on special teams.
“It fits me because they run the ball a bit out of the spread offense and a bit of two backs,” Shivers said of Auburn's offense. “The backfield is something like we run at my school.
“They like everything about my game,” he added. “How I get downhill, run people over, get my foot on the ground and get downhill.”