One of the players the Tigers are recruiting is two-way standout lineman Kendrick Norton, who was in Auburn for the Tigers' annual Big Cat Weekend. Although he is verbally committed to the FSU Seminoles, the Norton said that he is still considering Auburn and several other colleges.
"I am looking for the college where I am most comfortable and where I will have the best opportunity to develop my potential and have a chance to play at the next level," he said.
Norton made the trip to Auburn with high school teammate Jeff Holland, a prospect the Tigers are seriously recruiting. Another teammate, Auburn safety commitment Ben Edwards, was planning to join them at Big Cat Weekend, but had to cancel due to a family event.
In addition to Edwards the Tigers also have a commitment from Trinity Christian running back Jalin Buie, who will be a junior this season.
Norton said his teammates going to Auburn is a plus for the Tigers, but noted he will base his decision on what college program is the right fit for him.
A strong blocking guard who helps clear running room for Buie, the 6-2, 285-pounder also causes problems for offensive linemen when he lines up on the defensive front.
The prospect makes it clear that he likes defense and that is where he wants to line up in college. "I have always played defense,"?he said. "I am playing offense for my school now because they need me to play there, but I?prefer to play defense."
Kendrick Norton is shown in the state playoffs last season.
Noting that he is still getting to know the Auburn coaching staff, he said that the Big Cat Weekend trip helped him to get to know defensive line coach Rodney Garner "as a person" and the same is true of Gus Malzahn, Auburn's head coach.
Asked what his favorite part of the visit was, the three-star prospect said, "Just getting to talk to Coach Malzahn and interact with him. He is a great guy, a fiery guy. I really like him."
Norton said that there is around a 60 percent chance he will sign with the Seminoles, but is giving the others a serious look, including Auburn. He noted that he doesn't have any other recruiting trips planned at this time, but he could make a return trip to Auburn.