Oxford, Ala.--Already with a pair of top linebacker targets on board for the 2017 football recruiting class in Tadarian Moultry and Chandler Wooten, the Auburn Tigers added another one on Monday when K.J. Britt picked Gus Malzahn’s team over Georgia, Ole Miss, Stanford and dozens of other offers.
"They've been having faith in me ever since my junior year," Britt said of Auburn. "Even though I didn't have an offer they invited me to every game. I had contact with the coaches, I had contact with the players, the players recruited me and the coaches recruited me. Nobody didn't have to tell me that Auburn was special."
Visiting both Stanford and Ole Miss in recent weeks, Britt said he's known for "about three weeks" that Auburn was the right fit for him and he decided it was time to make it official so he can focus on his 10-0 Yellow Jackets heading into the playoffs.
"I was just trying to go to Stanford and Ole Miss to make sure I did what was best for me," Britt said. "It's more out there than Auburn and I know that, so I was just trying to take every visit. Every time I go to a college and talk to the coaches I was like 'man, I know where I need to be, I know where I'm supposed to be'."
One of the more physical linebacker prospects in the country, the 6-0, 232 Britt has been a top target for Auburn linebacker coach Travis Williams since he first took over the job. Dozens of visits to Auburn over the last year only served to strengthen the bond between the two said Britt.
Planning to play in college with Moultry, Britt said the push from Auburn included putting the two of them together and it started with a strong message from Williams.
“He tells me they don't really want me, they need me,” Britt said. “It's the same from every (Auburn) coach. He tells me he needs guys that will step in and be physical, be a leader, be the bell cow of the defense. He told me he sees all that in me and TD.”
Another big part of the decision for Britt was the family atmosphere on the Plains. Because of his numerous visits, he and his family have a great idea of what to expect when he gets to Auburn and that was an important part of the process for him.
“It's not just about winning football games, they're building right now,” Britt said. “I just know it's about family there. Everybody treats you the same. It's consistent and that's big.”
K.J. Britt plans to graduate in December and enroll at Auburn in January.
Britt becomes Auburn’s 14th commitment in the 2017 class and third linebacker for Williams. The Tigers are expected to add one more player at the position in this year’s group.