Oxford, Ala.--For some prospects a decision is made because of a coaching staff. For others it's because of the school. Still others make a choice based on a position and projected depth chart.
For Auburn's newest football commitment and weekend official visitor for the Vanderbilt game, linebacker K.J. Britt, the deciding factor may have likely come earlier this year when a scary wreck brought out the best from the coaching staff and opened his eyes to what the Tigers were all about.
Injured along with his brother Keenan, Britt said the way the Auburn coaches responded meant the world to him and his family.
"They sent a whole bunch of cards from each coach signed," Britt recalled. "They called me as soon as it happened and checked on me. Every coach on the coaching staff checked on me and checked on my brother. They were good to my brother.
"That was big," he added. "I'm trying to go to a school that is about family and football. Some schools get caught up in football and not family. I wanted to be part of that family feel. I wanted to be part of that culture that if something goes wrong they've got my back. I wanted to be part of something that is bigger than football off the field."
That was a sign for Britt because until that point he was all set on another school, one of Auburn's biggest rivals.
"That definitely did something to me," Britt said. "I think God does everything for a reason and maybe that wreck was for a reason because I was sold on going to Georgia. Before that wreck I was going to commit to Georgia on Aug. 6. I was set in stone, but after that wreck it made me realize that maybe God doesn't want me there."
Now Britt is headed to Auburn in early January as an early graduate and he'll be joined in this class by close friend and fellow linebacker prospect Tadarian Moultry. Already sharing his decision with the Jackson-Olin standout, Britt said the two can't wait to play together on the next level but right now both are focused on the playoffs.
"He was pumped like I was pumped," Britt said. "We're ready to go to work, but first we've got to take care of what we've got ahead of us. We've both got high school teams to take care of and we might play each other in the playoffs. Right now we're going to care of what we've got to first and take care of the bigger things later."
Moultry and Britt are both headed to the Plains.
It's that kind of attitude that Oxford Coach Ryan Herring said makes Britt such a special person and player for the Yellow Jackets. One of the leaders for the undefeated team heading into the playoffs, Britt has remained focused on his team and that's a special quality said his coach.
"He's never got the big head about all these offers and official visits," Herring said. "None of that has gone to his head. The thing that is so great is that he's kept our team a top priority. He hasn't let this get in the way of what we're trying to do here at Oxford High School this year. That's one of the reasons we've had a lot of success. We've had his leadership and I can't describe how much leadership he's provided us this year."
That leadership is something Herring believes Britt will carry over when he gets to Auburn. A natural in that role at a position that demands it at middle linebacker, Britt is a player the Tigers will enjoy having around, Herring added.
"Their locker room just got better," he said. "Not saying their locker room isn't good or great, but I'm telling you their locker room just got better for next year because of the high caliber kid he is and the type of character he's got. He's going to help Auburn. I don't know if he'll start next year or be a leading tackler or a freshman All-SEC player, but he's going to help Auburn football and that's one thing I believe."
Tiger Ticket Notes: In addition to Britt's official visit to Auburn this weekend, the Tigers will also have four-star athlete Christopher Henderson on campus for an official visit. Originally committed to Miami, the 6-0, 175-pounder with 4.37 speed in the 40-yard dash has offers from all over the country with Florida one of his favorites along with Auburn, Miami, Tennessee and Georgia.
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