A one-time commitment to Auburn and Miami and now currently uncommitted, four-star prospect Jayron Kearse took a visit to the Plains this weekend to see Coach Gene Chizik's program and find out what the Tigers are all about.
Getting a tour of the campus and football facilities as well as talking with the coaches, Kearse said overall the visit had everything he's looking for in a college.
"It went good, better than I expected," Kearse said. "It's a nice environment out there. It's quiet. It's probably something I can get used to if I decide to come there….it was top, top of the line compared to the other places I've been. The other places I've been I didn't get the type of feel from the coaches that I got from the coaches at Auburn.
"I think highly of Auburn," he added. "They're right with Clemson right now, neck and neck. It's basically down to a top three right now with Clemson, Auburn and Miami. Right now, it's basically a race between Auburn and Clemson."
Being recruited as a wide receiver by the Tigers, the 6-4, 205 Kearse spent a lot of his visit with Auburn wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor. With a good relationship dating back to last summer, Kearse said with everything that has gone on he thinks it has only made them closer.
"We have a real good relationship," Kearse said. "Through the ups and downs I've had in recruiting, Coach Trooper has always been there. When I decommitted from them, he was still on me. When I committed to Miami, he was still on me. When I decommitted, it's like things worked out for Auburn because they stuck with me the whole time."
In addition to Taylor's presence, Kearse was also impressed when getting the chance to sit down with Auburn's new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. Looking for bigger, more physical wide receivers to man a more pro-style offensive attack, Loeffler's message sounded good to Kearse.
"I like the coaching style," he said. "I like the things they do. I like their offense with coach Scot Loeffler. He's got an NFL offense. Coming in and learning the playbook and if I do excel at my position, I'll already have a leg up on the NFL. His playbook is kind of like an NFL playbook."
When talking about both of his favorites, Kearse said there are plenty of things that Auburn and Clemson have going for it.
"It's an SEC school and that's the best competition," Kearse said of Auburn. "That's where the best players go. I feel like if I can do my thing in the SEC, I'm showing I'm one of the best players at my position.
"The coaches and the atmosphere," he added of what he likes about Clemson. "The coaches are straight-forward with me. They don't BS me. That's what has them up there with me."
With three teams on his list at the moment, Kearse said he plans to visit Auburn, Clemson and Miami officially this year and may trip to both North Carolina State and Notre Dame as well. As far as how recruiting is going overall and when he plans to make a decision, the big-time athlete said he's learned a lot about how to handle recruiting.
"Things have settled down because I've settled them down myself," Kearse said. "Before, when coaches asked me something I was afraid to say, ‘No.' Now, if they ask me something and they don't like it, I understand that recruiting is a business. I let them know how I feel about the situation.
"I won't make a decision until after all my official visits," he added. "I probably won't make a decision until either January or National Signing Day."
Kearse down to two schools
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