Greensboro, N.C.--A former commitment to the North Carolina Tar Heels before backing off that pledge in January, big cornerback D.J. Crossen got some big news on Thursday when the Auburn Tigers offered following an evaluation by veteran DB Coach Greg Brown.
With years of college and NFL experience coaching the secondary, Brown sought out Crossen after watching him on video and the two hit it off. That led to a phone call on Thursday when Crossen got the news from the SEC power.
“He (Brown) contacted me through Twitter and we had a brief conversation about if I would be interested in Auburn,” Crossen said. “I told him ‘of course I would.’ Who wouldn’t? He asked me to call him and we talked for a little bit. He told me he was going to offer me and recruit me pretty heavily.”
Already familiar with Auburn after seeing the Tigers win a national championship in 2010 and play for another in 2013, Crossen said that is something that really interests him about Gus Malzahn’s program at the moment.
“I know the program at Auburn is suspect to win a national championship every year,” he said. “They produce great players and they’ve had some great alumni that have been there. They’ve got great players there now currently. For me to say I’m not interested in Auburn would be pretty ridiculous.”
With three Jim Thorpe Award winners to his credit in college and experience at the highest levels of football, Brown’s knowledge of the game is something that impressed Crossen and when he compared the 6-2, 195 cornerback to current Auburn defensive back Carlton Davis it really hit home for the Dudley High standout.
“He really expressed to me that I remind him of (Davis) when we were on the phone,” Crossen said. “He said that he sees the same traits in me and that he sees in him. He told me that he would be surprised if he was around next year because of how talented he is. He said he could see that same future for me so that says a lot.”
Hoping to release a top group of colleges sometime soon, Crossen said Auburn “has a pretty good shot” to make the list, but how high will be determined on when he can visit the Plains and what he sees from the Tigers.
“I want to further my relationship with them as well as to check out the facilities and the academics,” Crossen said. “I want to get a complete feel for the school as a whole and not just the football aspect of things.”